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By Laozi,Luke H. Boyd

ISBN-10: 1475074484

ISBN-13: 9781475074482

even if now essentially thought of a non secular guide for a common viewers, the Daodejing was once initially written for the aristocracy and ruling elite in the course of historical China's Warring States interval. It was once meant as a pragmatic advisor to political and private survival in the course of prolonged classes of continuous clash and political swap. the first aim was once now not own greatness yet a protracted contented existence. this can be top comprehensive by way of serving the anonymous eternal means. whereas Nature spontaneously follows the way in which, the sage guy needs to flow forward carefully as he continuously observes the paradoxical move of yin and yang [darkness and light-weight, passive and energetic, female and masculine] that emanates from the Way.

This is a reasonably literal translation of the Daodejing. It doesn’t undertaking later philosophical or spiritual ideals again onto the 2500 yr outdated textual content. as a substitute, it methods the textual content from an anthropological standpoint and keeps all of Laozi’s allusions to the animistic ideals and non secular practices of the traditional chinese language in the course of old China's Warring States period.

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