January 22nd, 2013

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The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.
Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
Sight obscures.
Noise deafens.

Desire messes with your heart.
The world messes with your mind.

A Master watches the world
but keeps focused on what's real.

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

Chapter 12

12.1 Colors blind people's eyes; sounds deafen their ears; flavors spoil people's palates,
12.2 the chase and the hunt craze people's minds; goods hard to obtain make people's actions harmful.
12.3 Therefore sages work for the middle and not the eyes, leaving the latter and taking the former.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation