Wednesday, May 21, 2008

5: The Limit of Compassion


Heaven and Earth are not kind.
They regard all things as offerings.
The sage is not kind.
He regards people as offerings.
Is not the space between Heaven and Earth like a bellows?
It is empty, but lacks nothing.
The more it moves, the more comes out of it.
A multitude of words is tiresome,
Unlike remaining centered.

The Limit of Compassion

This chapter consists of three parts that have little to do with one another. The first part talks about offerings, the second about a bellows, and the third about words...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 5 Translation and Commentary

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