February 26th, 2013

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Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.

Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.
You don't have to leave your room
to understand what's happening in the world.

You don't have to look out the window
to appreciate the beauty of heaven.

The farther you wander,
the less you know.

The Masters don't wander around
They know.
They don't just look.
They understand.
They don't do anything,
but the work gets done.

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

Chapter 47

47.1 They know the world without even going out the door.
       They see the sky and its pattern without even looking out the window.
47.2 The further out it goes, the less knowledge is;
       therefore sages know without going,
       name without seeing,
       complete without striving.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation