Lao-Tze #55: To unnaturally try to extend life is not appropriate.



One who is filled with the Tao

is like a newborn child.

The infant is protected from

the stinging insects, wild beasts, and birds of prey.

Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak,

but its grip is firm and strong.

It doesn’t know about the union

of male and female,

yet his penis can stand erect,

because of the power of life within him.

It can cry all day and never become hoarse.

This is perfect harmony.


To understand harmony is to understand the Constant.

To know the Constant is to be called ‘enlightened’.

To unnaturally try to extend life is not appropriate.

To try and alter the life-breath is unnatural.

The master understands that when something reaches its prime

it will soon begin to decline.


Tao Te Ching

By Lao-Tzu

A translation for the public domain by j.h.mcdonald, 1996

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