Dalia's Photos & Quotes ~ Tao Te Ching ~ Chapters 70 ~ 73 - Coda

Tao Te Ching ~ Chapter 70 ~
My words are really very easy to understand
And be with, and walk in…
but no one can!
My words have roots,
my actions have precedents
But people don't see this, and
so they don't see me
So few of you know or understand me
And so the Tao becomes ever more important…
The sage goes round like a super tramp
Hiding the jade, the jewel he carries in his inmost heart
~Tao Te Ching ~ Translated by: Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, Jay Ramsay, & Thomas Cleary
~Below is another Translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English excerpts~
… My actions are disciplined
Because men do not understand
They have no knowledge of me
Those that know me are few
Those that abuse me are honored
Therefore the sage wears rough clothing and holds the jewel in this heart

Tao Te Ching ~ Chapter 71 ~ Coda ~
Those who know seem not to know
And those who don't pretend they do -
This is what it means to be flawed
If you're sick at this, then you'll win through
The sage is
He is sick of all faults -
He is sick of being sick
He is well
~Tao Te Ching ~ Translated by: Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, Jay Ramsay, & Thomas Cleary
~Below is another Translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English excerpts~
Knowing ignorance is strength
Ignoring knowledge is sickness
If one is sick of sickness
Then one is not sick
The sage is not sick because he is sick of sickness
Therefore he is not sick

Tao Te Ching ~ Chapter 72 ~ Coda ~
When the people lack a sense of awe,
There is bound to be disorder or disaster
Never oppress them in their homes,
Or interfere with their means of livelihood
If you don't oppose them
Then won't try to depose you
So the sage who really knows himself
Never shows himself off to his people -
Loves himself, without false pride -
Discards the mask
And wears his true face
~Tao Te Ching ~ Translated by: Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, Jay Ramsay, & Thomas Cleary
~Below is another Translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English excerpts~
When men lack a sense of awe
There will be disaster
Do no intrude in their homes
Do not harass them at work
If you do not interfere
They will not wear of you
Therefore the sage knows himself but makes no show
Has self-respect but is not arrogant
He lets go of that and chooses this

Tao Te Ching ~ Chapter 73 ~ Coda ~
A person who's brash and fearless will die
A person who is cautious will survive
These two are right and they are wrong
Heaven looks down on both and
Who knows the truth?
So even the sage admits some things are beyond him
The Tao of Heaven doesn't struggle, but it wins through
It doesn't ask yet it always hears the answer
It doesn't demand yet things come
Because they want to
It has no desires and yet everything works out as if planned
And though the Net of Heaven is wide
Not even the tiniest whisper escapes it
~Tao Te Ching ~ Translated by: Man-Ho Kwok, Martin Palmer, Jay Ramsay, & Thomas Cleary ~Below is another Translation by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English excerpts~
A brave and passionate man will kill or be killed
A brave and calm man will always preserve life
Of these two which is good and which is harmful
Some things are not favored by heaven
Who knows why?
Even the sage is unsure of this
The Tao of heaven does not strive
And yet it overcomes
It does not speak a
And yet is answered
It does not ask
Yet is supplied with all its needs
It seems at ease
And yet it follows a plan
Heaven's net casts wide
Though its meshes are coarse,
Nothing slips through


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