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Tao Teh Ching, J.L.a. Trottier

Tao Teh Ching, J.L.a. Trottier



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The Way of the Universe: TAO TEH CHING
The Classic Words of TAO & VIRTUETHE LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE and POWERTranslated by John Louis Albert Trottier Copyright 1994
Notes from John L Trottier, the translator of the Tao.
"When doing my research I used three (3) different Chinese variations as my source material. The OLDChinese books were often written on pieces of bamboo that were tied together with a string throughholes in the top of the bamboo plates. During different dynasties the rulers tried to change history byburning all the books and rewriting history to suite there wants. Books were saved by building theminto the walls of houses and temples (such as was recently discovered in Japan). When the books wererediscovered the string holding them together had often rotted away and since there is no punctuation inChinese the pages were sometimes scrambled."In other words, though I know that the totality is here I always will wonder as to the original order ofthis very useful handbook."Another interesting thing of note is chapter 32. Most translations read as "Weapons of war are thingsof evil". Before doing this translation this always struck me as absurd, weapons are things. It's peoplewho do evil.When I looked at the Chinese it translated directly as "Soldier man bad omen this". This is so muchmore sensible, in an agrarian society when you see soldiers around it's bad news. You know they aregoing to take your food and if there's fighting you'd better get out fast."In chapter 42 I added the comments about e=mc2 since the small percentage of energy that wasconverted to matter in the "Big Bang" is fundamental to the structure of the universe."
1Tao (The Laws of the Universe) can be talked about, but not the Eternal Tao (Laws of the Universe).Names can be named, but not the Eternal Name.(You cannot name the unknown.)As the origin of heaven-and-earth, it is not describable:As "the Mother" of all things, it is describable.(You cannot describe the unknown origin.)As it is always hidden,We should look at its Inner Sum and Substance (through philosophy and poetry):As always visible,We should look at its Outer Form (through science and obsevation).These two flow from the same source (the Laws of the Universe), though differently named;And both are called mysteries.The Mystery of mysteries is the Gate of all sum and substance.(Beyond the gate of experience is the Way.It is in all ways greater and more subtle than the world.)2When all the world recognizes beauty as beauty, this in itself is ugliness, (for it lacks a seeing of theTruth.)(When all of humankind abstracts beauty there is no beauty).When all the world recognizes good as good, this in itself is destruction., (for it lacks a seeing of theTruth.)(What is good in one circumstance is bad in another).Indeed, the hidden and the visible give birth to each other.Hard and easy balance each other.Long and short give measure to each other.High and low set measure to each other.Voice and sound give wholeness each other.Back and front follow each other.Therefore, the Complete Thinker experiences without abstraction and accomplishes without visibleaction;Yet spreads their teaching by actions.Accepting the ebb and flow of the many living things.Raises them, but makes no claim of them.Does his work, but does not brag about it.Finishing tasks, and moves on.And yet it is just because of moving on.That nobody can take works away.3By not making great the worthy you will cause the people to stop from having enemies and fighting.(When everyone is equal, each is rewarded fairly.)By not giving value to goods hard to get, you will cause the people to stop from robbing and stealing.(When material goods have no value there is no temptation to steal.)By not showing what people would like to have, you will cause the people's hearts to remainundisturbed.(When people are not tempted to own things they do not desire things.)Therefore, the Complete Thinker's way of governing begins byEmptying the heart of wants,
Filling the belly with food,Relaxing the ambitions, (not creating a temptation),Toughening the bones, (guiding a healthful life).In this way will cause the people to remain without strategy and without desire, and prevent theknowing ones from causing any trouble.Practice doing things at the Proper Speed, and everything will be in order.4The Tao (the Law of the Universe) is like an empty bowl.Which in being used can never be filled up.So deep it cannot be measured, it is the origin of all things.It blurs all sharp edges,It unties all tangles,It blends all lights,It unites the world into one whole.Hidden in the depths,Yet it seems to exist for ever.I do not know whose child it is;It is the common ancestor of all,the father of all things.(It is the Universal Laws from the beginning of our Universe),To live by these Laws is to live in harmony with our True Nature.5Heaven-and-Earth is not sentimental;It treats all things like straw dogs (equal).The Complete Thinker is not sentimental;Treats all people as straw dogs (equally).Between Heaven and Earth,There seems to be a Bellows:It is empty, yet it can not be emptied;The more it works, the more comes out of it.The Complete Thinker draws upon the universal experience thus cannot be exhausted.Better look for it within you.The Tao (the Laws of the Universe) is in all that exists.6The Spirit of the Valley dies not.It is called the Secret which is Filled with womanly qualities.The Gateway of the Secret isFilled with womanly qualitiesIs called the Womb of Heaven-and-Earth.Staying like a fog, it has only a hint that it is there;And yet when you use it, it is always there without end.7Heaven lasts long, and Earth lasts.What is the secret of their lasting?Is it not because they do not live for themselvesThat they can live so long?The Complete Thinker wants to remain behind,

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