March 5th, 2013



What is firmly established cannot be uprooted.
What is firmly grasped cannot slip away.
It will be honored from generation to generation.

Cultivate Virtue in your self,
And Virtue will be real.
Cultivate it in the family,
And Virtue will abound.
Cultivate it in the village,
And Virtue will grow.
Cultivate it in the nation,
And Virtue will be abundant.
Cultivate it in the universe,
And Virtue will be everywhere.

Therefore look at the body as body;
Look at the family as family;
Look at the village as village;
Look at the nation as nation;
Look at the universe as universe.

How do I know the universe is like this?
By looking!
Tao's power is so deeply entrenched
it can never be uprooted.
Tao's power clings so tightly
it can never slip away.
It will endure for generations.

If you get in touch
with the power of Tao,
it will become real.
If your family gets in touch
with the power of Tao,
the power will flourish.

If your community gets in touch
with the power of Tao,
the power will grow even stronger.
If your country gets in touch
with the power of Tao,
the power will become abundant.

If the world gets in touch
with the power of Tao,
the power will be everywhere.

How can I know this?
I just do.

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

Chapter 54

54.1 Good construction does not fall down,
       a good embrace does not let go;
       their heirs honor them unceasingly.
54.2 Cultivate it in yourself, and that virtue is real;
       cultivate it in the home, and that virtue is abundant;
       cultivate it in the locality, and that virtue lasts;
       cultivate it in the nation, and that virtue is rich;
       cultivate it in the world, and that virtue is universal.
54.3 So observe yourself by yourself,
       observe the home by the home,
       observe the locality by the locality,
       observe the nation by the nation,
       observe the world by the world.
54.4 How do I know the world is as it is?
By this.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

Chapter 55

55.1 The richness of subliminal virtue
is comparable to an infant:
poisonous creatures do not sting it,
wild beasts do not claw it,
predatory birds do not grab it.
Its tendons are flexible,
yet its grip is firm.
55.2 Even while it knows not
of the mating of male and female, its genitals get aroused;
this is the epitome of vitality.
55.3 It can cry all day without choking or getting hoarse;
this is the epitome of harmony.
Knowing harmony is called constancy;
knowing constancy is called clarity;
55.4 enhancing life is called propitious,
the mind mastering energy is called strong.
55.5 When beings climax in power, they wane;
this is called being unguided.
The unguided die early.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation