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Take emptiness to the limit;

Maintain tranquillity in the center.


Attain the utmost in Passivity,

Hold firm to the basis of Quietude.



How The Heavenly Order Is Destroyed In Man


Man is naturally quiet; this is the nature he receives from Heaven. Under the influence of things, movement occurs in him; this is a deterioration of his nature. His soul responds to the things that present themselves, and his knowledge is thus set in motion. His knowledge puts him in touch with things, and love and hate are thus born in him; love and hate that give body to things; and this knowledge drawn outward can no longer come back to itself. This is how the Heavenly Order is destroyed in man. Those who are initiated into the Tao do not exchange the Heavenly for the human.

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