March 13th, 2013



Tao is source of the ten thousand things.
It is the treasure of the good man, and the refuge of the bad.
Sweet words can buy honor;
Good deeds can gain respect.
If a man is bad, do not abandon him.
Therefore on the day the emperor is crowned,
Or the three officers of state installed,
Do not send a gift of jade and a team of four horses,
But remain still and offer the Tao.
Why does everyone like the Tao so much at first?
Isn't it because you find what you seek and are forgiven when you sin?
Therefore this is the greatest treasure of the universe.
Every living thing
gets its strength from Tao.
Good people respect the value of Tao.
The wicked and foolish don't,
but Tao provides for them anyway.

Some people gain power and prestige through fancy words,
others through great deeds.
But Tao is available to everyone,
not just the powerful.
So don't look down on anybody.

When people become powerful,
and everybody lines up
to kiss their ass,
sit still and stay right with Tao.

Why have the Masters
always respected Tao?
Because when you get right with Tao,
you can always find
swhat you need to get by,
and trouble can never find you.

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

Chapter 62

62.1 The Way is the pivot of all things:
       the treasure of good people,
       the safeguard of those who are not good.
62.2 Fine words can be sold,
       honored acts can oppress people;
       why should people who are not good abandon them.
62.3 Therefore to establish an emperor
       and set up high officials,
       one may have a great jewel
       and drive a team of horses,
      but that is not as good as advancing calmly on this Way.
62.4 Why did the ancients value this Way?
       By it one can attain without long seeking
       and escape from the faults one has;
       therefore it is valued by the world.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation