Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 59. Protecting Tao

Chapter 59. Protecting Tao

Picture of a man standing under a giant spruce
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In governing people and serving heaven there is nothing like reasonableness.

Through reasonableness the human arrives in his first state¹.

When this state has been reached, the human owns unlimited amount of virtue.

With this kind of virtue he can conquer all.

And there is no end to this championing.

That is why he can without obstructions receive being king.

This kind of person has the structure of a mother² and he can endure forever.

He is like a plant with deep roots and strong trunk.

He is a human who lives long and sees many days of life.³


  1. Mr. Ervast: “I.e. becomes aware of his spirit-self.”
  2. Mr. Ervast: Because he can self-awarely “give birth” personalities for himself in the manifested world.
  3. Mr. Ervast in Finnish: “Ruumistusta.”. Translator is unaware of the meaning of this word.

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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