May 8th, 2011

goban

35

All men will come to him who keeps to the one,
For there lie rest and happiness and peace.

Passersby may stop for music and good food,
But a description of the Tao
Seems without substance or flavor.
It cannot be seen, it cannot be heard,
And yet it cannot be exhausted.
-
-
When you get right with Tao,
everybody wants to be your friend.
When they're around you,
they can relax and enjoy themselves.

People can be easily distracted
by music or good food.
When we try to talk about Tao,
it seems boring by comparison.

It doesn't look like much.
It doesn't sound like much.
But no matter how much you use,
there's still plenty left.
-

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

36

One who feels punctured
Must once have been a bubble,
One who feels unarmed
Must have carried arms,
One who feels belittled
Must have been consequential,
One who feel5 deprived
Must have had privilege,
Whereas people with insight
Know that to keep under is to endure.
What happens to a fish pulled out of a pond?
Or to an implement of state pulled out of a scabbard?
Unseen, they survive
.
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)
(with minor changes)