July 2nd, 2010

Chapter 49

 The wise man is free of his own mind,
But identifies the people's minds as mind
He considers good as good,
But he also considers not-good as good.
Thus his attainment of non-differentiation is successful.
He considers truth as truth,
But he also considers not-truth as truth.
Thus his attainment of non-differentiation is perfected.
In the world the wise conscientiously non-differentiates
The mind of the people
Because people rely on their senses of hearing and seeing,
The wise treats them as innocent children.

                translation by Chang Chung-yuan, 1975.


The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.

I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.

The sage is shy and humble - to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.
The Masters
don't make up their minds.
They turn their thoughts
to other people.

They are good to good people,
and they're good to bad people.
This is real goodness.

They have faith in the faithful,
and they have faith in the unfaithful.
This is real faith.

A Master throws himself
into the world completely,
forgetting everything he's been told.
People pay attention to him
because he lives a life of child-like wonder.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.