Decoding of the Lao-zi (Dao-De Jing): Numerological Resonance of the Canon's Structure
by Alexander Goldstein
As a canon, the "Dao-De Jing" is a symbolic work and its symbols transcend its context. When this is properly understood, all 81 sections of it divided into nine divisions and two halves have universal application. Any attempt to translate them with no account taken of the numerological and symbolical systems means to remove them entirely from canonical context and narrow the field of application.