Thursday, February 24, 2011

56: Integrity


Those who know it do not speak about it.
Those who speak about it do not know it.
Seal the openings.
Shut the doors.
Dull the sharpness.
Untie the knots.
Dim the light.
Become one with the dust.
This is called the profound union.
Those who obtain it
Can neither be seduced nor abandoned.
Those who obtain it
Can neither be favored nor neglected.
Those who obtain it
Can neither be honored nor humiliated.
Therefore, they are the most esteemed in the world.


This chapter connects to two others. Sealing the openings and shutting the doors is also mentioned in chapter 52, as how to avoid exhausting yourself in life...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 56 Translation and Commentary

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