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Fortieth Chapter

Fortieth Chapter

Fortieth Chapter:
Tao-te Ching

Returning is the movement of Tao.
Yielding is the motion of Tao.
All things are born of being.
Being is born of non-being.


As I understand it:

We come into existence and also cease to exist. We may feel our Tao-selves while alive or wait until we die. We feel our spiritual selves by yielding, by being humble. When we understand this, the world looks different. It does not matter if anyone else understands it or not.

Yielding towards the humble ways is the way of the Tao. The more we yield the faster we return to the state of non-being (the Tao) while still living.

Suggested Readings:
The Way of Lao Tzu, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.

Dyer, Wayne W., Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.

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