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This is Part V of a VI part series introducing the Tao Te Ching in audio form. There are links to the entire text of the Tao at the end of the post, as well as to the previous parts to the series.

Two thousand four hundred years after it was composed, we need the Tao Te Ching’s lessons in self-awareness more than ever. Little can be said with absolute certainty about the origins of the Tao Te Ching. Consensus suggests it was written around 400BC by one Laozi. Laozi translates simply as “old master” – a hint that the author’s (or authors’) true name has been lost for ever.

The Tao Te Ching is a 2,400-year-old reminder that today, as then, every one of us has a choice to practice self-awareness and exercise our own power in and over the world. That might come as more of a nasty wake up call than a comfort to some of us. Either way, Study this ancient text and be all the wiser on your path to enlightenment! Namaste!

Chapter 56

Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know.
Keep your mouth closed.
Guard your senses.
Temper your sharpness.
Simplify your problems.
Mask your brightness.
Be at one with the dust of the earth.
This is primal union.
He who has achieved this state
Is unconcerned with friends and enemies,
With good and harm, with honour and disgrace.
This therefore is the highest state of man.

Links to Previous Parts:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Click the book cover to download pdf of the Tao Te Ching!

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