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Some main qualities of Taoism


T’ien ti pu jen

Heaven and Earth are not kind;

The ten thousand things are straw dogs to them.


Shang shan jo shui

Best to be like water,

Which benefits the ten thousand things

And does not contend.

It pools where humans disdain to dwell,

Close to the Tao.


Humans follow earth

Earth follows heaven

Heaven follows Tao.

Tao follows its own nature.

Tao fa tzu jan.


Tao sheng i.

Tao engenders One,

One engenders Two,

Two engenders Three,

Three engenders the ten thousands things.

The ten thousand things carry shade

And embrace sunlight.

Shade and sunlight, yin and yang,

Breath blending into harmony.

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