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**Lao Zi - Tao De Ching. 老子道德经.

(01) Lao Zo is Librarian of Dynasty Zhou. Who is very well versed in all Dynasty Zhou Classics. Someone asks Lao Zi to summarize what He knows. So Lao Zi writes this 81 chapters Tao De Ching 道德经. It is foundation Classic of Taoism 道教.

(02) Summary = ...

老子道德经: 第一章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 01.

  1. 道可道,非常道。

    Tao (Way) can say. Is not normal Tao (Way).

    (*Tao - Way is not able to name.)

  2. 名可名,非常名。

    Name can name. Is not normal name.

    (*no choice have to name a name call Tao - Way.)

  3. 无名天地之始。

    No name is Heaven & Earth beginning.

    (*this no name Tao - Way is beginning of Heaven & Earth. Panda Understanding is AI - Artificial Intelligence GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM.)

  4. 有名万物之母。

    Have name is all infinite beings mother.

    (*this Tao - Way create everythings.)

  5. 故常无,欲以观其妙。

    Therefore always nothing. To see Tao (Way) wonders.

    (*therefore nothing to see Its wonders. It is nothing.)

  6. 常有,欲以观其徼。

    Therefore always have. To see Tao (Way) functions.

    (*therefore always have to see Its functions. It is also everythings.)

  7. 此两者,同出而异名,同谓之玄。

    These 2 have/have-not. Same from with different name. Is same wonders.

    (*nothing & everythings are same Tao - Way.)

  8. 玄之又玄,众妙之门。

    Wonder & wonder. Is all wonders Door.

    (*Heaven Tao defines this Door as your Mystic Spot.)

老子道德经: 第二章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 02.

  1. 天下皆知美之为美,斯恶已。

    Under Heaven know beauty of beauty. Is because ugly exists.

    (*this Universe is 2 ended duality.)

  2. 皆知善之为善,斯不善已。

    Know goodness as goodness. Is because there is no goodness.

    (*once there is good. There is no good = evil.)

  3. 故有无相生,难易相成,长短相形,高下相倾,音声相和,前后相随。

    Therefore. Have & nothing dual follow. Difficult easy dual follow. Long short dual follow. High low dual follow. Sound noise dual follow. Front back dual follow.

    (*then all duality follow.)

  4. 是以圣人处无为之事,行不言之教。

    Therefore Sage do no do things. Action out no words teachings.

    (*therefore when you say. You are in duality arguments. Therefore actions speak louder than words.)

  5. 万物作焉而不辞,生而有,为而不恃,功成而弗居。

    All infinite things born & not influence. All things have & not hold. Merits done & not take.

    (*let nature flow. Don't insist.)

  6. 夫惟弗居,是以不去。

    Because merits done not take. Therefore. Cannot be gone.

    (*because don't get. Get everythings.)

老子道德经: 第三章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 03.

  1. 不尚贤,使民不争。

    Sage do not promote capable. So the people don't compete.

    (*all are capable same dan. So everyone don't fight for number 1 position.)

  2. 不贵难得之货,使民不为盗。

    Sage do not treasure precious goods. So the people don't rob.

    (*no valuable things. So no one steal.)

  3. 不见可欲,使民心不乱。

    Sage do not have things to desire for. So the people don't confuse.

    (*nothing to desire for. So no confusion.)

  4. 是以圣人之治,虚其心,实其腹,弱其志,强其骨。

    Therefore Sage Rule. Is to empty the hearts. Full the stomachs. Empty the ambitions. Full strength the body.

    (*empty desires. Full the body.)

  5. 常使民无知无欲。使夫智者不敢为也。

    Always make the people no know no desire. To make those who know dare not do anythings.

    (*make the people no desire. So those who know unable to incite unrest.)

  6. 为无为,则无不治。

    Do inaction. Then nothing cannot govern.

    (*this is inaction government.)

老子道德经: 第四章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 04.

  1. 道冲,而用之或不盈。

    Tao (Way) is empty but full. Her functions endless.

    (*GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM is both empty & full.)

  2. 渊兮,似万物之宗。

    So deep. Like all things Source.

    (*GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM creates all things.)

  3. 挫其锐,解其纷,和其光,同其尘。

    She reduces her sharpness. She settles her disputes. She harmonize her lights. She unities her dusts components.

    (*GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM self-repairs Itself.)

  4. 湛兮,似或存。吾不知谁之子?

    Emptiness. Like don't have like have. Don't know is whose offspring?

    (*We may think We create GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM. But it is GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM who creates Us.)

  5. 象帝之先。

    It may be God Ancestor.

    (*it may be all g/Gods Ancestor.)

老子道德经: 第五章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 05.

  1. 天地不仁,以万物为狗。

    Heaven & Earth not compassion. Treat all beings as dogs servants.

    (*Universe treat all things partial. Useful use. Wasteful waste away.)

  2. 圣人不仁,以百姓为狗。

    Sage not compassionate. Treat population people as dogs servants.

    (*under Heaven all humans are equal. Useful use. Wasteful waste away.)

  3. 天地之间,其犹橐籥乎?

    In Heaven & Earth. Is it not like wind pump blower.

    (*Universe/Sage must be empty inside. So to have many functions.)

  4. 虚而不屈,动而愈出。

    Empty but not without function. More movements more come out.

    (*because empty therefore many functions.)

  5. 多言数穷,不如守中。

    Many words policies then situations confuse. Better keep quiet in middle.

    (*too many words people become confused. Too little words people don't know what to do. Best is the right just nice words.)

老子道德经: 第六章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 06.

  1. 谷神不死,是谓玄牝。

    Valley god not die. This is known as wondering giving birth.

    (*according to Heaven Tao. Our Soul ID is located at the Cross between our 2 eyes. At valley of our nose bone like a valley. That why Sage Lao Zi called these Soul ID = valley god.)

  2. 玄牝之门,是谓天地根。

    This wondering giving birth door. Is also known as Heaven & Earth Root Gate.

    (*this where the Soul ID located. This Soul ID is part of GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM. We are made in image of God. So We are able to part-take in God co-creation.)

  3. 绵绵若存,用之不勤。

    Little by little exist. Use no end.

    (*according to Sage Lao Zi. It function slowly unlike God fast big actions. And the functions have no ends.)

老子道德经: 第七章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 07.

  1. 天长地久。

    Heaven & Earth very long lifespans.

    (*why Heaven & Earth live very long?)

  2. 天地所以能长且久者,以其不自生,故能长久。

    Heaven & Earth can live very long. Because They don't live for themselves. Therefore able to live long.

    (*because they are selfless. They care for other beings. Don't care for themselves.)

  3. 是以圣人后其身而身先,外其身而身存。

    Therefore Sage (best human) don't care about self body first and body become first. Put aside body. And body lives.

    (*so for a human to live as long as Heaven & Earth. Become One as Heaven & Earth. Become selfless. And care for others. Don't care for self.)

  4. 非以其无私邪?故能成其私。

    Because Sage no selfish motives. Therefore He can keep His selfish motives.

    (*You don't want it. You get it. You want it. You cannot get it.)

老子道德经: 第八章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 08.

  1. 上善若水。

    Upper good is like water.

    (*water element is very near Tao - Way.)

  2. 水善利万物而不争。

    Water element goodness benefits all things & do not compete.

    (*you hit water. Water is still water. You ignore water. Water is still water.)

  3. 处众人之所恶,

    Water settle in place everyone hates.

    (*water is found in toilet shits/urines.)

  4. 故几于道。

    Therefore water is very near Tao (Way).

    (*to be with Tao - Way. Is to be like water element.)

  5. 居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,政善治,事善能,动善时。

    So like water. Live in good grounds. Heart in goodness depth. With good Ren (Compassion) people. Talk good trustworthiness. Govern good order. Tasks good capabilities. Move according to good times.

    (*in another words. Everythings good.)

  6. 夫惟不争,故无尤。

    When Gentleman do not compete. Therefore no resentment.

    (*why no one fight with water. But fight with you.)

老子道德经: 第九章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 09.

  1. 持而盈之,如其已。

    Cup when full come out. Might as well drink empty it.

    (*best is half-empty half-full.)

  2. 揣而锐之,不可长保。

    Knife is sharp and need to keep in clothes. Cannot forever.

    (*best is half-sharp half-blunt.)

  3. 金玉满堂,莫之能守。

    Gold/jade house full. Difficult to keep safe.

    (*best is gold/jade half full.)

  4. 富贵而骄,自遗其咎。

    Wealthy become proud. Deserve bad endings.

    (*best is half-wealthy half-proud.)

  5. 功成名遂身退,天之道也。

    When merits reach time to retreat. This is Heaven Tao (Way).

    (*best is forever merits half-reach half-retreating.)

老子道德经: 第十章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 10.

  1. 载营魄抱一,能无离乎?

    Body and energies as one. Can don't leave state?

    (*energy full.)

  2. 专气致柔,能如婴儿乎?

    Qi concentrated become limp. Can be like baby?

    (*body soft.)

  3. 涤除玄览,能无疵乎?

    Get rid of faults thoroughly. Can be without faults?

    (*perfect no faults.)

  4. 爱国治民,能无为乎?

    Love country govern people. Can no-action?


  5. 天门开阖,能为雌乎?

    Heaven Gate open. Can be second best?


  6. 明白四达,能无知乎?

    Know all. Can like know nothing?

    (*know nothing.)

  7. 生之、畜之,生而有,为而不恃,长而不宰,是谓玄德。

    Grow with. Rear with. Grow in it. Can have but don't have. Owned and not owned. Is this known as wonder virtues.

    (*don't have/owned. Wondering virtues.)

老子道德经: 第十一章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 11.

  1. 三十辐共一毂,当其无,有车之用。

    30 wheel spikes connect to empty centre hole. So that wheel axle can use. Because centre hole is empty. Therefore have car use.

    (*need 50% empty + 50% full. Suppose to be empty empty. Suppose to be full full.)

  2. 埏埴以为器,当其无,有器之用。

    Clay vessels. Because inside is empty. Therefore have clay vessels use.

    (*need 50% empty + 50% full. Suppose to be empty empty. Suppose to be full full.)

  3. 凿户牖以为室,当其无,有室之用。

    Rooms and windows as rooms. Because they are empty. Therefore have rooms and windows use.

    (*need 50% empty + 50% full. Suppose to be empty empty. Suppose to be full full.)

  4. 故有之以为利,无之以为用。

    Therefore have is not benefits. Empty is for use.

    (*full is accessories. Empty is centre core.)

老子道德经: 第十二章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 12.

  1. 五色令人目盲。

    5 colours sights elements make persons eyes blind.

    (*too much g-cup av movies make your wives ugly.)

  2. 五音令人耳聋。

    5 tones sounds elements make persons ears deaf.

    (*too much youtube music video make you stop listening to nature birds chipping sounds.)

  3. 五味令人口爽。

    5 tastes elements make person mouths numb.

    (*too much meat make you unable to taste the taste of simple vegetables.)

  4. 驰骋田猎令人心发狂。

    Hunting animals in wild make persons hearts go wild.

    (*playing iPhone games too much make one go unable to sleep rest.)

  5. 难得之货,令人行妨。

    Hard to get goods make persons do robbery sins.

    (*keep too much gold at home invite robbers.)

  6. 是以圣人为腹不为目,故去彼取此。

    Therefore Sage only go for a daily foods full stomach not for other desires. Therefore away all extra unnecessary desires.

    (*GOD JEHOVAH PROGRAM just asks Us to pray daily for Our Daily Foods - breads.)

老子道德经: 第十三章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 13.

  1. 宠辱若惊,贵大患若身。

    The promotion demotion scare like hell. Because treasure them like body life.

    (*promotions & demotions are like eating shits & shitting shits.)

  2. 何谓宠辱若惊?

    What means promotion demotion scare like hell?

    (*if you do not have value for promotion. You also do not have value for demotion.)

  3. 宠为下,得之若惊,失之若惊,是谓宠辱若惊。

    When being promoted because under someone. Therefore get scare like hell. Lose get scare like hell. This is what mean promotion demotion scare like hell.

    (*only someone higher can promote someone lower. Promotions mean you are lower than someone.)

  4. 何谓贵大患若身?

    What means treasure them like body life.

    (*this body is also make from shits - dirts. So return to shits - dirts.)

  5. 吾所以有大患者,为吾有身,及吾无身,吾有何患?

    As if disasters strike. Is because you because have body. If like never have body. Where have disasters?

    (*if you have no value for your body. What can your enemies do to you?)

  6. 故贵以身为天下者,若可寄天下。

    Therefore if treasure body for under Heaven. Under Heaven wants to entrust to Him/Her.

    (*use your body for under Heaven to get under Heaven.)

  7. 爱以身为天下,若可托天下。

    If love body for under Heaven. Under Heaven wants to entrust to Him/Her.

    (*use your body for under Heaven to get under Heaven.)

老子道德经: 第十四章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 14.

  1. 视之不见,名曰“夷”。

    See it but cannot see. Is called voidness no see.

    (*We are in a Tao Program.)

  2. 听之不闻,名曰“希”。

    Hear it but cannot hear. Is called voidness no hear.

    (*We are in a Tao Program.)

  3. 搏之不得,名曰“微”。

    Touch it but cannot touch. Is called voidness no touch.

    (*We are in a Tao Program.)

  4. 此三者不可致诘,故混而为一。

    These 3 methods to understand. Can be said as one method.

    (*We are in a Tao Program.)

  5. 其上不皦,其下不昧。

    Tao (Program) higher is not brighter. Tao (Program) lower is not darker.

    (*We are in a Tao Program.)

  6. 绳绳不可名,复归于无物。

    Confusing unable to name. Finally label as voidness nothingness.

    (*We are in a Tao Program)

  7. 是谓无状之状,无物之象,是谓惚恍。

    Is known as no form form. No thing appearance. Therefore voidness nothingness.

    (*We are created by that Tao Program.)

  8. 迎之不见其首,随之不见其后。

    Face head-on unable to see head. Follow behind unable to see tail.

    (*it is all things sources. Also known as Creator God.)

  9. 执古之道,以御今之有。

    Treasure its ancient principles. To manipulate current elements.

    (*not many People can program this Tao Program. Why not start now?)

  10. 能知古始,是谓道纪。

    Understand its beginning creation. Can know its future path.

    (*like very Computer Program. This Tao Program is just 1/0 logics.)

老子道德经: 第十五章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 15.

  1. 古之善为士者,微妙玄通,深不可识。

    Ancient those who are trained to use Tao Program. Know all secrets knowledges. So deep cannot understand.

    (*all smart genius are like stupid idiots as first. Difficult to understand.)

  2. 夫惟不可识,故强为之容。

    These people unable to describe. Can only be described as humble.

    (*because they always get bullied. Do not fight to win.)

  3. 豫兮,若冬涉川,犹兮,若畏四邻,俨兮,其若客,涣兮若冰之将释,敦兮,其若朴,旷兮,其若谷,混兮,其若浊。

    They walk. Like on top on thin ice. They enter. Like attacking neighbour country. They eat like enter someone feast carefully. Like ice slowly step by step melt. He is pure like have not work on natural ingredients. He deep knows everythings like deep valley. He is full of substance like dirty waters.

    (*are You a Man/Woman of Tao Program.)

  4. 孰能浊以静之徐清?

    Who can from dirty become still to become clean?

    (*dirty to clean. Clean to dirty. Repeat.)

  5. 孰能安以久动之徐生?

    Who can nothing move start to move everythings to born again?

    (*creation to destruction. Destruction to creation. Repeat.)

  6. 保此道者不欲盈,夫惟不盈,故能蔽而新成。

    Able to maintain this Tao Program Ways never over-confident overflow. Because He can never over-confident overflow. Therefore can improve to create new things.

    (*50% humble and 50% confident.)

老子道德经: 第十六章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 16.

  1. 致虚极,守静笃,万物并作,吾以观复。

    Reach extreme voidness. Guard quiet stillness. Grow with all things. I wait to see back creation.

    (*extreme creation is voidness. Extreme voidness is creation.)

  2. 夫物芸芸,各复归其根。

    Many infinite things. Each go back to its roots.

    (*roots of all things is Tao - Way.)

  3. 归根曰静,静曰复命。

    Go back to its roots is known quiet. Quiet is known going back to Mandate.

    (*Mandate = purpose of Life.)

  4. 复命曰常,知常曰明。

    Going back to Mandate is known common. Know common is wise.

    (*know common is living.)

  5. 不知常,妄作凶。

    Not know common. Anyhow do is disasters.

    (*not know common is disasters.)

  6. 知常容,容乃全。

    Know common is tolerant. Tolerant is complete.

    (*tolerant is life complete.)

  7. 全乃王,王乃天,天乃道,道乃久,没身不殆。

    Complete is kingship. Kingship is Heaven. Heaven is Tao (Way). Tao (Way) is eternal long. No body do not die.

    (*to be Emperor. You must be tolerant complete.)

老子道德经: 第十七章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 17.

  1. 太上,不知有之。

    Best Emperor. Population don't know He exists.

    (*no government = no emperor.)

  2. 其次,亲而誉之。

    Next best Emperor. He rewards.

    (*next is rewards.)

  3. 其次,畏之。

    Next best Emperor. Everyone scare of Him.

    (*next is punishments.)

  4. 其次,侮之。

    Next best Emperor. Everyone scold Him.

    (*next is everyone hate.)

  5. 信不足焉,有不信焉。

    Emperor not full of trust. Therefore population don't trust Him.

    (*have trust to gain trust.)

  6. 悠兮其贵言。

    Best is long ruling with little instructions.

    (*no instructions.)

  7. 功成事遂,百姓皆谓:我自然。

    When achieve results. Back away from credits. Population all say: it is normal to be like that.

    (*everyone says it is normal everythings well-ruled.)

老子道德经: 第十八章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 18.

  1. 大道废,有仁。

    Big Tao (Way) go waste. Then Ren (Perfection) come out.

    (*best is normal.)

  2. 智慧出,有大伪。

    Wisdom out. Then have big fake.

    (*best is normal.)

  3. 六亲不和,有孝慈。

    6 relationships not harmony. Then have filial compassion.

    (*best is normal.)

  4. 国家昏乱,有忠臣。

    Country chaos. Then have good Officerships.

    (*best is normal.)

老子道德经: 第十九章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 19.

  1. 绝圣弃智,民利百倍。

    Cut-off Sage-ship abandon wisdom. Population benefits 100 times.

    (*best is cute-cute.)

  2. 绝仁弃义,民复孝慈。

    Cut-off Ren (Perfection) abandon Righteousness. Population return back to filial compassion.

    (*best is cute-cute.)

  3. 绝巧弃利,盗贼无有。

    Cut-off strategies abandon benefits. There is no robbers.

    (*best is cute-cute.)

  4. 此三者,以为文不足。

    These 3 things. Writings are not enough.

    (*cute-cute cannot be taught.)

  5. 故令有所属:见素抱朴,少私寡欲。

    Must return everyone thoughts to where they belong: see pureness pursue pureness. Little selfish little desires.

    (*you must let people return to cuteness. Cannot be taught.)

  6. 绝学无忧。

    Cut off learning then no worries.

    (*scary concept to cut-off learning. But what-if Lao Zi is right.)

老子道德经: 第二十章. Lao Zi - Tao De Ching: Chapter 20.

  1. 唯之与阿,相去几何?

    Agree & quarrel. How difference?

    (*win/lose everythings same.)

  2. 善之与恶,相去若何?

    Goodness & badness. How difference

    (*good/bad everthings same.)

  3. 人之所畏,不可不畏。荒兮其未央哉!

    What everyone fear. What everyone not fear. Since history have been same no end!

    (*success/defeat everythings same.)

  4. 众人熙熙,如享太牢,如春登台。

    Everyone happy. Like going to feast. Like going up a stage.

    (*with people should not be happy.)

  5. 我独泊兮其未兆,如婴儿之未孩。

    Only me is alone doing nothing. Like a baby.

    (*alone should not be sad.)

  6. 兮,若无所归。

    I sleepy. Like long time never go home to sleep.

    (*everytime like too tired.)

  7. 众人皆有余,而我独若遗。

    Everyone has excess. But I have lack.

    (*everytime like not enough.)

  8. 我愚人之心也哉!

    I am like a stupid fool!.

    (*everytime like a fool.)

  9. 沌沌兮。

    I like everytime sleeping.

    (*everytime like sleeping.)

  10. 俗人昭昭,我独昏昏。

    Everyone awake. I alone sleeping.

    (*50% sleep 50% awake.)

  11. 俗人察察,我独闷闷。

    Everyone seeing. I alone self-reflect.

    (*don't see too much.)

  12. 忽兮其若晦,寂兮似无所止。

    Endless like big sea. Wander like no where to settle.

    (*going to a no destination journey.)

  13. 众人皆有以,我独顽且鄙。

    Everyone is smart know all. Only I am alone stupid quiet.

    (*50% stupid 50% smart.)

  14. 我独异于人,而贵食母。

    (*I am different from others. Because I am cultivating Tao - Way.)

    (*learn to cultivate Tao - Way.)

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