December 24th, 2011

22 Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching Translation

22. YIELDING TO MAINTAIN INTEGRITY

Yield, and maintain integrity.
To bend is to be upright;
to be empty is to be full.

Those who have little have much to gain,
but those who have much
may be confused by possessions.

The wise man embraces the all encompassing;
he is unaware of himself, and so has brilliance;
not defending himself, he gains distinction;
not seeking fame, he receives recognition;
not making false claims, he does not falter;
and not being quarrelsome,
is in conflict with no one.

This is why it was said by the sages of old,

"Yield, and maintain integrity;
be whole, and all things come to you".
Taoism - Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching - Translation