Returning is the motion of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.
The 10,000 things are born of being.
Being is born of nonbeing.
This is a very short, yet profound verse. An understanding of this short verse alone can have life changing impacts on one’s life.
The first line indicates that everything returns to that from which it came. We are all born to eventually return to our originating source. We all come from the same source and will return to the same source. While in this life, the ego continually attempts to create separation from everyone else. This is where anger, racism, war, religious persecution, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and destruction of human beings come from. This all seems ridiculous once you understand the returning motion of life and the fact that we are all of the same source.
As the second line indicates, since we all come from and return to the same thing, we need to learn to yield or relinquish our desire to control and dominate. Instead of bragging, boasting, controlling, dictating, subjugating, and diminishing others we should recognize our connection to one another. We should allow ourselves to be guided by the source. This source is love and so it would never direct us towards hate or exclusion of others.
The last two lines demonstrate thinking that modern science is beginning to support. All life (the 10,000 things) is supported by underlying particles of energy. Those particles come from nothing (nonbeing). This nonbeing is the originating spirit (The Tao).
If we follow the teachings of this verse, we will shed our egos and align with our originating spirit, which is love, peace and joy.