XXV. Yin and Yang

Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer (1507)

Adam and Eve by Albrecht Durer (1507)

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Being and beingless generate each other;

Difficult and easy form each other;

Long and short shape each other;

High and low complete each other.

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Only by bending can you be whole;

Only by twisting can you be straight.

Only by hollowing our can you be full;

Only by being used up can you be new.

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He does not reveal himself;

Therefore he shines brightly;

He does not affirm himself;

Therefore he radiates out.

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He does not appropriate to himself;

Therefore he achieves.

He does not magnify himself;

Therefore he increases.

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Welcoming her you do not see her head;

Following her you do not see her tail.

The puffed up do not stand upright;

The overleaping do not walk ahead;

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The self-revealing do not shine brightly;

The self-affirming do not radiate out;

The self-appropriating do not achieve;

The self-magnifying do not increase.

Some go ahead; some follow behind;

Some blow hot; some blow cold;

Some are strong; some are conquered;

Some file down; some are filed down.

If you want to shrink something,

you must definitely stretch it;

If you want to weaken something,

you must definitely strengthen it.

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If you want to abolish something,

You must definitely elevate it.

If you want to snatch something,

You must definitely donate it.

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Source: Extracts from the Tao dejing

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3 Responses to “XXV. Yin and Yang”
  1. I do enjoy this painting from Durer and this post fits it perfectly. thanks.

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