April 6th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 76: Companion Of Life


76.1 When people are born

       they are supple,
       and when they die
       they are stiff..
76.2 When trees are born
       they are tender,
       and when they die
       they are brittle.
76.3 Stiffness is thus a companion of death,
       flexibility a companion of life.
76.4 So when an army is strong it doe not prevail.
       When a tree is strong, it is cut for use.
76.5 So the stiff and strong are below,
       the supple and yielding on top.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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