March 10th, 2013



In caring for others and serving heaven,
There is nothing like using restraint.
Restraint begins with giving up one's own ideas.
This depends on Virtue gathered in the past.
If there is a good store of Virtue, then nothing is impossible.
If nothing is impossible, then there are no limits.
If a man knows no limits, then he is fit to be a ruler.
The mother principle of ruling holds good for a long time.
This is called having deep roots and a firm foundation,
The Tao of long life and eternal vision.
Leadership is based on moderation.
Practice moderation,
and you'll get in touch
with the power of Tao.

If you get right with Tao,
nothing is impossible.
If you get right with Tao,
there's no limit to what you can do.
If you get right with Tao,
you can be a true leader.

Remember this advice
if you want to be a leader:
Plant deep roots in firm soil.
Get right with Tao,
and you'll always see things clearly.

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

Chapter 59

59.1 To govern the human and serve the divine,
       nothing compares to frugality.
59.2 Only frugality brings early recovery;
       early recovery means buildup of power.
       Build up virtue, and you master all.
       When you master all,
       no one knows your limit.
       When no one knows your limit,
       you can maintain a nation.
59.3 When you maintain the matrix of a nation,
       you can last long.
59.4 This is called making the root deep and the basis firm,
       the Way of long life and eternal vision.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation