Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 50. Life’s value

Chapter 50. Life’s value

People step into life and return back to death.

Life’s gates are thirteen in number and same amount there is the gates of death.

The same amount of roads life quickly goes towards death. And why?

Because people pursue only sensory-life.

It has been said, that human, who knows the secret of life, can dwell the earth without preparing against a rhino nor a tiger.

He can go into the clash of battle without fearing a sword.

The rhino does not find a place where it could insert its horn.

The tiger does not find a place where to strike its claws.

The sword does not find a place to penetrate.

And why not?

Because he has beaten death.¹


  1. Mr. Ervast: ‘Human has beaten death when he has become self-aware in the spirit world. As long as he pursues the “triworld” (bodily, emotional and intellect) he is a slave of death. The thirteen gates of life and death are: the five senses² and seven nervous centers (lotus flowers, chakras) and intellect, which in its entirety is a sense.’
  2. Translator’s note: “Sixth sense (magnetism) has been proven empirically with rat experiment recently.”

Own translation from 1925 Finnish translation by Pekka Ervast (ISBN 951-8995-01-X) with kind permission of Ruusu-Ristin Kirjallisuusseura ry.

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