Tao Te Ching – Verse 5 – The Tao doesn’t take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil.

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The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners.

The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand.

Hold on to the center.(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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Heaven and Earth are impartial
They regard myriad things as straw dogs
The sages are impartial
They regard people as straw dogs

The space between Heaven and Earth
Is it not like a bellows?
Empty, and yet never exhausted
It moves, and produces more

Too many words hasten failure
Cannot compare to keeping to the void

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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This World takes no more prisoners.
To the intellectuals, they become Zero without Consciousness.
The Sage is the World.
Zero contains what is real of Heaven.
Too much has been said already; the heart knows this.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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