January 15th, 2013

goban
  • trevoke

5

Heaven and Earth are impartial;
They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
The wise are impartial;
They see the people as straw dogs.
The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center.
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Tao's neutral:
it doesn't worry about good or evil.
The Masters are neutral:
they treat everyone the same.

Lao Tzu said Tao is like a bellows:
It's empty,
but it could help set the world on fire.
If you keep using Tao, it works better.
If you keep talking about it,
it won't make any sense.

Be cool.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 5

5.1 Heaven and earth are not humane; they regard all beings as straw dogs.
5.2 Sages are not humane; they see all people as straw dogs..
5.3 The space between heaven and earth is like a bellows and pipes, empty yet inexhaustible, producing more with each movement.
5.4 The talkative reach their wits' end again and again; that is not as good as keeping centered.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation