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The progenitor of the world
May be thought of as its mother.
You must first learn to fathom the mother
In order to understand the children.
Then, once the children are made sense of,
You can return to the maternal bosom
And she will protect you from all the peril in the world.

Temper your senses,
Cultivate restraint,
And you will enjoy a life of peace.

Alternatively,
Keep your mouth always open,
Multiply your activities,
And you will invite all the trouble in the world.

Cherishing the insignificant
Reveals great profundity.
Aligning with the fragile
Confers great strength.

Use Tao to illuminate things instead of doctrine.
This will help safeguard you from misfortune.
It is a practice which inculcates insight.

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