I feel like, in the last few chapters, we have been on a journey of life and death and this whole cosmic circle of what it all means. But I think in terms of Chapter LII, it’s a road map. Here, Lao Tzu finally explains a bit about how to become this empty-headed master who just lets life lead her to the goals of the universe.
We need to trace it back to the origins. This actually backs up some Indian philosophy of meditation where the student must take the thread past feelings, humanity, and even nature to get at the root of everything. Seeing clearly past the superficial is key, and ensuring that we allow the Tao to take us to the beginning of everything is how we do it.
In the beginning was the Tao.
All things issue from it;
all things return to it.
To find the origin,
trace back the manifestations.
When you recognize the children
and find the mother,
you will be free of sorrow.
If you close your mind in judgements
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.
If you keep your mind from judging
and aren’t led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.
Seeing into darkness is clarity.
Knowing how to yield is strength.
Use your own light
and return to the source of light.
This is called practicing eternity.