Tao Te Ching Chapter 5 Explained: Be Like Water

In this podcast, we will dissect chapter five of the Tao Te Ching to give you ultimate clarity on the meaning of the chapter. This is the fifth episode of the 81 Meditations of the Tao Te Ching, a series where we will explore each chapter of the Tao Te Ching. In chapter five, Lao-tzu explains how both nature and a sage view reality impartially. The second part of this chapter dives deep into the concept that the within empty space is the power of Tao. The more we access it, the more we produce. Also, the last part of the chapter refers to the excessive use of words and a return to the center. But what does it mean by “words”? Some new age translations make Westerners believe that it is referring to how it is impossible to speak about the Tao, which is a false understanding and the result of bad translations. The translation of words in this chapter has a dual use and is important for understanding what it means to return to the center.

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