Carrying body and soul

and embracing the one,

can you avoid separation?

Can you let your body become

as supple as a newborn child’s?

In the opening and shutting of heaven’s gate,

can you play the feminine part?

Can you love your people

and govern your domain

without self-importance?

Giving birth and nourishing;

having, yet not possessing;

working, yet not taking credit;

leading without controlling or dominating.

One who heeds the power

brings the Tao to this very earth.

This is the primal virtue.


There are certain verses in the Tao Te Ching where the meaning escapes me, verse ten is one of those verses. When I am studying the Tao Te Ching, or any other religion; I will read chapters or verses several times until I fully grasp the meaning. I have found in doing this, you tend to learn or discover something new every time. The Tao Te Ching is like any other religious document; the basic lessons continue to build upon one another until you see the entire picture.

In western society we hold onto the concept of absolute truth, where you are either right or wrong. We learn the only options in front of us is fact or fiction, although we do leave room for the grey areas. The Tao teaches us of duality. The concept being you can not have a right without the concept of wrong. You will find this duality often crosses paths with one another melding into what is. This is first explained in verse one.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery;

ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.

And the mystery itself is the doorway

to all understanding

(Tao 1)

In obtaining the oneness we need to let go of our self-importance and ego. If we are able to see ourselves in everyone, and everything around us we are able to see this oneness. We should judge no one, unless we are able to walk a mile in their shoes. This should hold true in those we do or are supposed to hate.

Like Buddhism; Taoism teaches us to not value possessions and achievements. The Buddhist believes possessions brings suffering, while Taoist believe it takes you further away from flowing as one with the Tao. They both cherish the idea of mindfulness and enjoying the present. It is in becoming a detached witness, and loosing our tight grip on our possessions will bring us to freedom.

You literally own nothing and no one: All that is composed will decompose; all that is yours will leave and become someone else’s. 

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


  1. For me, this verse simply means that we need to do what needs to be done (in the family, job, community or life, in general) and not worry about who gets credit. Too often, we only do the “right thing” because we desire recognition, fame, power or glory. The motivational focus is on appeasing our ego.

  2. ram0singhal says:


    “Enlightenment in a trice”.

    Learn to unlearn for space. Worship of work for pace. Mind to no mind for surface. You to yourself for own face. No one to know one for grace. Touch one to everyone for solace. Shower happiness for human race. Sing new life for life’s ace. Live now for god’s place……………………..

    “Click here now “

  3. ram0singhal says:

    divine….inspired from tao……it belongs to everybody …..

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