The Tao Teh King: A Short Study in Comparative Religion, by C. Spurgeon Medhurst, , at sacred-texts.com
Who cherishes energy in abundance is comparable to an infant child. Poison insects will not sting him; fierce beasts will not seize him; birds of prey will not strike him. 1
His bones are weak; his sinews pliable; his grip firm; 2 unconscious of sex, his virility is active 3—the excellency of his physique. He may cry all day without becoming hoarse—this is the consummation of harmony.
Knowledge of harmony is called 'The Unalterable'; 4 knowledge of the Unalterable is called 'Illumination.'
Increase of life is called infelicity, the resting of the mind in the vitality of form is called animality.
The corporeal begins to age as it nears its prime. This indeed is not the Tao. What is not the Tao soon ends. 5
Says the Indian Gita (the Lord's Song): "The contacts of the senses, O son of Kuntî, giving cold and heat, pleasure and pain, they come and go, impermanent; endure them bravely, O Bhârata. The man whom these torment not, O chief of men, balanced in pain and pleasure, steadfast, he is fitted for immortality." † He has escaped from that which "is not the Tao."
93:1 Hsü-hui-hi explains this to mean that nature will cease to be inimical to man when man ceases to injure Nature. Cf. chap. 50.
93:2 "A curious anticipation of recent scientific investigation into the clinging power of new-born infants."—Maclagan.
93:3 "Baby boys before emptying the bladder are frequently troubled with erections, which is here misinterpreted as a symbol of vigor."—Carus.
93:4 See conclusion of chap. 52. Also comp. chap. 16.
93:5 The two concluding paragraphs express the opposite of the eternal, or unalterable. The conclusion of this chapter is almost identical with that of chap. 30.
94:* Matt. xviii, 3.
94:† Discourse, ii, 14-15.