The Daodejing of Laozi

Ch. 1

The true
Way

of the world
cannot be named

for it
transcends
name

it just is
mother of Heaven
mother of Earth

mother of all
things

eliminate
your desire
to comprehend the Mystery

use desire
only to
see

 

Ch. 2

Someone who tries
too hard
to be
attractive
spending

too much time
obsessing

over how they look

is actually
displaying
a very negative
unattractive
quality

about themselves.

Likewise, those
who seek
to be deemed good beings
forcing goodness
which does
not exist
to

are not Good
but rather forceful

What is good
is natural
so

just let
it flow.

That which is opposite
is connected.
What you have
something else does not.

It’s lack is given
back to you
it’s void
is your thought construed.

The difficulty
of one
thing
creates contrast
with ease.

The long and short
are relative

the High and Low
incline
into
and through each other
til the separation
is no longer
there
at all

One without the
other
don’t even Bother

The wise man does not
try
to do this not that

he realizes this
and that
are just
different aspects
of that which is

The wise man does not
say “This is what I will do.”
He just does.

The wise man is willing
to work with anyone
anything.
He is flexible.

There is no need to claim
ownership
over other things.

He let’s them be them
and they
let him be him.

The wise man
he does not expect
reward for his actions.
After they are done
he moves on.

And so
he starts again.
Without hesitation
with trust in himself
he is just

well

He just is
Man.

 

Ch. 3

When all is valued
no one is
deemed

king

When earth
and water
are loved

no one
steals

diamond-things

When people are
happy
with who they are

they don’t go
crazy
trying
to be

The loving ruler
seeks

to make sure his
people are happy
and content

that their lives
are well spent

basking in
good accomplishment

and true
need

fulfilled

Do not make problems
where
there are none

Do not whip
up people like cream

and all will
be still

harmony

 

Ch. 4

The Way of
life
is to be like

an empty container

a vessel

do not have sharp edges
and you won’t cut others

be flexible
and sensate

and listen to the tune
around you

and flow

and go

with it

in loving embrace

 

Ch. 5

life
can be difficult

life can be
a bitch

life can
throw you all
sorts
of problems

and hitch

The ways of man
are not
always nice

They
are
not
always
with the Way

Persevere
in their face

with your Loving
Stillness

Warm Embrace

 

Ch. 6

The world
is filled with emptiness

The valley is
the empty

the mountain the material

the bowl

the wheel
between
the spokes

it is this emptiness
which
allows

for life

Be empty
and take on great Form

and Spirit

 

Ch. 7

The wise
man does not
take

center stage

he basks in
corner back
ends

and lets others
go ahead

Why?

Because out there
in front of eyes

comes rampant
attack

better left
for someone else

while you go
forward

with Life

 

Ch. 8

Be like
water

that is the best
way to be

for Water nourishes
everything

it does not need
to compete
it does not need
to harm

it does not go out of
its way to cause
misery to others
or
itself

A good person
is like water
he does not avoid places
that are thought to be lowly

A good person
sees that the Good
can be anywhere

Goodness is care
being nice

doing that which
is excellent

and standing
the
test
of time

in silt
and deep flowing
river

beds

 

Ch. 9

Do too much
and create
more than enough

over-sharpened blade
won’t hold its edge

all sorts of wealth
but if
your house
is packed with fancy things
you can
get to the point
where

you can’t even breathe

don’t waste
your money
on showing off

don’t create
problems
in your time off

Chill out
that’s the right Way

to go about
being

in the day

 

Ch. 10

The Way
is followed

by being like a child

by embracing
your soul
and inner lightness of
be

by comprehending
in all directionality

Care for others
strive to overcome
knowledge of particulars

Embrace
the Enigma

in Love

 

Ch. 11

What isn’t
is
just as important
as
what

is

the spokes
create
the wheels

the house needs doors
and windows

the clay pot
is only created
to hold
what is not

the value of every thing
is that which
isn’t

 

Ch. 12

People
go crazy
trying to get
beautiful things

literally
blinded
by beauty

chasing what
they think they want

creating confusion

and so
this way
they
create
ugliness

they get in the way
of what’s really important

The wise man does
not concern
himself with pleasures
of the eye

but filling his
and her

belly

 

Ch. 13

Be wary
of reward
or punishments

given out by other
men

for they cause
much anxiety

Follow the Way
of your Body

true Being

The Man
who follows
himself

always
goes further
than

Trust him
with the
world

 

Ch. 14

The World
is Way

and the Way
is World

subtle rare
miniscule

you cannot see it
with your eyes

you cannot touch
it with your
hands

but taste
it

make it your
own

and go
with
the Flow

 

Ch. 15

The Wise
do not say this or that

Their profundity
lies
beyond all things

Gently
they move through streams

Cautiously
they inter-act

Honesty Openness
Brevity Depth

Make muddy
waters
clear

by being still

Create Fire
with movement

Be empty
and there is no need

for fulfill

 

Ch. 16

All things
running

will go back to their
root

This is Constancy

Be like a King
following
what is
and will always be

The unenlightened
hold fast
to what is
was
but is not always

Enlightenment
is the Way

 

Ch. 17

Be great
by being unknown

the world’s shadow
do
but
don’t be noticed

and the people
will say

this is
just the Way

 

Ch. 18

Things
names
persons of reverence
ideology

all create
turmoil

through intelligence
knowledge
attachment

Be only with the Way
not with
any

name

 

Ch. 19

Abandon Wisdom
and the people
will be happy

Abandon Benevolence
and the people
will be kind

Why?

Because only
through simplicity
can we just
be

and so be
truly happy

not mind