I’m thinking about verse 55 of the Tao…

One who embraces Tao will become pure and innocent like a newborn babe

Deadly insects will not sting him

Wild beasts will not attack him

Birds of prey will not strike him

He is oblivious to the union of male and female yet his vitality is full

his inner spirit is complete

He can cry all day without straining

so perfect is his harmony

so magically does he blend with this world

Know this harmony ~ it brings the Eternal

Know the Eternal ~ it brings enlightenment

A full life ~ this is your blessing

A gentle heart ~ this is your strength

Things in harmony with Tao remain

Things that are forced, grow for a while but then wither away

This is not Tao

Whatever is not Tao comes to an early end



…Verse 55 from “Tao Te Ching”

Lao-Tzu, translated by Jonathan Star
ISBN: 978-158542-618-8


1 thought on “I’m thinking about verse 55 of the Tao…

  1. Rico D Dolot

    Oh, to be a newborn babe: innocent and devoid of pretense. That is why only the adults with resolute and steadfast will could lead the TAO way. Still we strive for near-perfection, for order, for a full life, often employing rushed or forced means, only to realize that what we got is just instant gratification, never the lasting inner peace and harmony.


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