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The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion, by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, [1905], at

p. 69


The movements of the Tao are cyclical; the sufficiency of the Tao is latency. 1

All that is, 2 exists in being (bhava), being in non-being. 3

"So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. The earth yieldeth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear." "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof." "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened."


69:1 Literally "weakness," the weakness of latent strength.

69:2 Literally "heaven, earth, the myriad existences."

69:3 The yet unformed ships exist in the forest trees.

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