February 5th, 2013

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26

The heavy is the root of the light.
The still is the master of unrest.

Therefore the sage, traveling all day,
Does not lose sight of his baggage.
Though there are beautiful things to be seen,
He remains unattached and calm.

Why should the lord of ten thousand chariots act lightly in public?
To be light is to lose one's root.
To be restless is to lose one's control.
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To be light on your feet,
you need a steady mind.
If your body is active,
your mind should be relaxed.

A Master can travel long distances
and still see everything she owns.
She may be surrounded by beauty
but she isn't caught up in it.

Why run around thoughtlessly?
If you act lightly,
you lose your bearings.
If you act recklessly,
you lose your self-control.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 26

26.1 Gravity is the root of lightness; calm is the master of excitement.
26.2 Thereby do exemplary people travel all day without leaving their equipment. Though they have a look of prosperity, their resting place is transcendent.
26.3 What can be done about heads of state who take the world lightly in their own self-interest?
26.4 Lack of gravity loses servants of state; insanity loses heads of state.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation