Tao Te Ching

Verse Twenty Seven – 27

A good traveler has no fixed plans
And is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
Lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
And keeps his mind open to what is.

Thus the Master is available to all people
And doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
And doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.

What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
However intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

In this verse, Lao Tzu highlights the importance of flexibility, openness, and the ability to learn from all situations and people. He describes the characteristics of a good traveler, artist, and scientist, emphasizing that they do not have fixed plans, concepts, or expectations. Instead, they follow their intuition and remain open to new experiences and ideas.

The Master, a wise person, embodies these traits and is available to all people, without judgment or rejection. They are able to use all situations and do not waste any opportunity for learning or growth.

The verse also highlights the interdependent relationship between good and bad people, suggesting that both have something to teach each other. Understanding this relationship is crucial, as it is considered the “great secret.” By grasping this concept, one can avoid getting lost in life, regardless of their intelligence.



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