February 7th, 2013

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Know the strength of man,
But keep a woman's care!
Be the stream of the universe!
Being the stream of the universe,
Ever true and unswerving,
Become as a little child once more.

Know the white,
But keep the black!
Be an example to the world!
Being an example to the world,
Ever true and unwavering,
Return to the infinite.

Know honor,
Yet keep humility.
Be the valley of the universe!
Being the valley of the universe,
Ever true and resourceful,
Return to the state of the uncarved block.

When the block is carved, it becomes useful.
When the sage uses it, he becomes the ruler.
Thus, "A great tailor cuts little."
If you are strong,
but remain sensitive,
power will flow through you.
With that power,
you'll always be right with Tao:
It's like a whole new life.

If you are idealistic,
but stay rooted in reality,
you are an example to others.
Set that example,
and you'll always be right with Tao:
There is no limit to what you can do.

If you are honorable,
but remain humble,
you will see things as they are.
If you see things as they are,
you'll always be right with Tao:
Your life will become simple,
yet full of potential.

Let Tao show you
how to get right with Tao,
so your slightest gesture
can change the world.

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

Chapter 28

28.1 Know the male, keep to the female;
       be humble toward the world.
       Be humble toward the world,
       and eternal power never leaves,
       returning again to innocence.
28.2 Knowing the white, keep the black;
       be an exemplar for the world.
       Be an exemplar for the world,
      and eternal power never goes awry,
       returning again to infinity.
28.3 Knowing thee glorious, keep the ignominious;
       be open to the world.
       Be open to the world,
      and eternal power suffices,
       returning again to simplicity.
28.4 Simplicity is lost to make instruments,
       which sages employ as functionaries.
       Therefore the great fashioner does no splitting.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation