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April 4th, 2003

what I've gotten myself into. @ 07:07 pm

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Date:April 5th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)

Which verses?

So like, which verses of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)?
(funny no matter which way you transcribe it, 'tisn't right! I mean no disrespect by spelling it the other way, just used to typing it as such.)
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Date:April 5th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Which verses?

#6 and #71: (crappy online translations given because I can't find the thomas cleary xlation right now)

The valley spirit never dies.
It is called "the mysterious female."
The opening of the mysterious female
Is called "the root of Heaven and Earth."
Continuous, seeming to remain.

Use it without exertion.

Who knows what he knows is healthy;
Who ignores what he ignores is sick;
Who grows sick of sickness recovers;
The sage is never sick, always sick of sickness.

The classical chinese is sufficiently vague that he can be translated in a whole mess of ways.; they're real open to interpretation.

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