February 25th, 2013

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When the Tao is present in the universe,
The horses haul manure.
When the Tao is absent from the universe,
War horses are bred outside the city.

There is no greater sin than desire,
No greater curse than discontent,
No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself.
Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
"When the world is right with Tao,"
Lao Tzu said,
"horses haul fertilizer to the fields.
When the world loses touch with Tao,
horses are trained for cavalry."

Nothing is more insidious than possession.
Nothing is more dangerous than desire.
Nothing is more disastrous than greed.

If you know when enough is enough,
you will always have enough.

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

Chapter 46

46.1 When the world has the Way,
       running horses are retired to till the fields.
       When the world lacks the Way,
       war-horses are bred in the countryside.
46.2 No crime is greater than approving of greed.
       no calamity is greater than discontent,
       no fault is greater than possessiveness.
46.3 So the satisfaction of contentment is always enough.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation