than the silent balance
between yin and yang
For this reading challenge, I went to the translation by Ralph Alan Dale, Tao Te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary illustrated with photographs by John Cleare, published 2002, Barnes and Noble.
I thought book bloggers would appreciate the above lines from verse 5. From the Commentaries, page 172,
"Ying and yang, like heaven and earth, is a metaphor for all that exists.... Thus - Countless words (our exhortations) count less than the silent (existential) balance between yin and yang."
Amazon product description:
The Tao Te Ching is a great treasure house of wisdom. Written by Lao Tzu as early as the sixth century B.C. and composed of only 5,000 characters, it has become one of the classic works of spiritual enlightenment.
This is a wonderful book, though not the most recent edition, nicely illustrated and the translation is easier to understand than I thought it would be. The commentaries are also helpful to divine the meaning.
Here is another quote:
teach without telling,
allow without commanding,
have without possessing,
care without claiming.
(from Verse 2, Relativity)
My first read for the China Challenge.