March 3rd, 2013



The beginning of the universe
Is the mother of all things.
Knowing the mother, on also knows the sons.
Knowing the sons, yet remaining in touch with the mother,
Brings freedom from the fear of death.

Keep your mouth shut,
Guard the senses,
And life is ever full.
Open your mouth,
Always be busy,
And life is beyond hope.

Seeing the small is insight;
Yielding to force is strength.
Using the outer light, return to insight,
And in this way be saved from harm.
This is learning constancy.
Everything starts with Tao,
the mother of all things.
If you know the mother,
you know the children.
If you know the children
and remember the mother,
you have nothing to fear in your life.

Shut your mouth and keep still,
and your life will be full of happiness.
If you talk all the time,
always doing something,
your life will be hopeless.

It takes insight to see subtlety.
It takes strength
to yield gently to force.
Use that strength
to hang on to your insight,
and you will always be at peace.
That's how to get right with Tao.

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

Chapter 52

52.1 The world has a beginning
       that is the mother of the world.
52.2 Once you have found the mother,
       thereby you know the child.
       Once you know the child,
       you return to keep the mother,
       not perishing though the body may die.

52.3 Close your eyes, shut your doors,
       and you do not toil all your life.
52.4 Open your eyes, carry out your affair,
       and you re not saved all your life.

52.5 Seeing the small is called clarity;
       keeping flexible is called strength.
52.6 Using the shining radiance,
       you return again to the light,
       not leaving anything to harm yourself.
       This is called entering the eternal.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation