January 17th, 2013

goban
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7

Heaven and Earth last forever.
Why do heaven and Earth last forever?
They are unborn,
So ever living.
The sage stays behind, thus he is ahead.
He is detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.
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Tao never stops. Why?
Because it isn't trying to accomplish anything.

The Masters hang back.
That's why they're ahead of the game.

They don't hang on to things.
That's how they manage to keep them.

They don't worry
about what they can't control.
That's why they're always satisfied.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 7

7.1 Heaven is eternal, earth is everlasting.
7.2 The reason they can be eternal and everlasting is that they do not foster themselves, that is why they can live forever.
7.3 For this reason sages put themselves last, and they were first;
7.4 they excluded themselves, and they survived.
7.5 Was it not by their very selflessness that they managed to fulfill themselves?
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation