Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky;I (again) will turn to Derek Lin to put this first line of Verse 47 in context.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Without going out the door, know the world
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
You don't have to leave your room
to understand what's happening in the world.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
In ancient times, as today, many people thought they could become enlightened by traveling to places they considered sacred. They visited holy lands; they went on pilgrimages. Unlike them, Tao cultivators recognized that spirituality came from within, and so they did not feel the need to search frantically all over the material world for enlightenment.To view the Index page for this series to see what you may have missed or would like to read again, go here.