Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 54

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 54

  • The TTC wants us to know that something that's well-established can't be uprooted, and that something that's held strongly can't be taken from us.
  • If this is the case, then our descendants will celebrate it forever.
  • We wonder what this "thing" is.
  • Does the TTC mean a person's relationship with the Tao?
  • Is it saying that if we have a strong spiritual foundation, no one can take it away from us?
  • Seems likely.
  • Now we get a passage about how you can spread the way of the Tao.
  • First, you can cultivate it in yourself, then in your family, then in your community, then your in country, and then in the world.
  • So if you live with the Tao, it slowly spreads from you to everybody around you and goes further and further.
  • You don't have to go out and evangelize.
  • Next, we're told that you can see the Tao of others through yourself, of other families through your family, of other communities through your community.
  • Could this be another way of encouraging you to establish a firm, personal relationship with the Tao, and to let that that radiate outward?
  • The chapter ends by telling us to observe the world with the world.
  • But how do we know that the world is?
  • Easy.
  • It's just another part of the Tao like everything else.
  • If we have that strong spiritual foundation, we can see it for what it is.

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