The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion, by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, , at sacred-texts.com
Abstraction complete, quiescence maintained unalloyed, 1 the various forms arise with one accord, and I observe that each returns again. 2 All things thrive and increase, then each returns again to the root. 3 This return to the root is called 'stillness,' 4 or it may be described as a return to report that they have fulfilled their destiny. This report is called 'the unchanging rule.' 5
Knowledge of this unchanging rule is called 'illumination.' Those who are ignorant of it give way to abandon and to recklessness.
Knowledge of this unchanging rule leads to toleration.
Toleration leads to comprehension. 6
Comprehension leads to sovereignty. 7
Sovereignty leads to heaven-likeness.
Heaven-likeness leads to the Tao.
The Tao leads to continuity.
Though the body be no more, there is then no danger. 8
28:1 Su Cheh observes that neither abstraction nor quiescence are complete unless unconscious. So long as they are maintained with effort there can be neither absolute abstraction nor perfect stillness.
28:2 "I think that what struck Lao Tzu was the fact that vegetable life seemed to be controlled by the quiet and invisible root: from it everything comes forth as having received a commission: to it there is a return, as if reporting the fulfillment of the commission."—J. P. Maclagan.
28:4 The word here translated, "stillness," is the same as that rendered "quiescence" in the first sentence, suggesting a similitude between the ideal rest of the soul and the rest or pralaya of the vegetable kingdom.
28:5 "As thousands of sparks rise from the fire, and then again merge into the fire; as clouds of dust rise in the air, and then rest again in the dust; as thousands of bubbles rise in tie rivers, and melt into water again in the same way from non-being come forth beings, and merge in Him again."—Central Hindu College Magazine, May, 1902.
28:6 The submergence of the personal I into the impersonal All.
29:7 Complete sway over desire.
29:8 Because no longer bound to earth, "which time is wont to prey upon."
See II. Cor. v. 1. Also Secret Doctrine (3d ed.) iii. 454.
29:* Timaeus. Jowett's translation, vol. iii., p. 513.