December 21st, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 36- Meditation


That which shrinks
Must first expand.
That which fails
Must first be strong.
That which is cast down
Must first be raised.
Before receiving
There must be giving.

This is called perception of the nature of things.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.*

Daily Tao - October 19th, 2009

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*Le Guin does not use the last two lines of this chapter, feeling that it detracts from its beauty without adding anything to its meaning.
I'm guessing that she feels these lines were added later by a different hand.\