March 21st, 2013



My words are easy to understand and easy to perform,
Yet no man under heaven knows them or practices them.

My words have ancient beginnings.
My actions are disciplined.
Because men do not understand, they have no knowledge of me.

Those that know me are few;
Those that abuse me are honored.
Therefore the sage wears rough clothing and holds the jewel in his heart.
Lao Tzu's advice
was easy to understand
and easy to follow.
But nobody understood him
or did what he suggested.

His words
stemmed from ancient wisdom,
and his actions were highly disciplined.
People didn't get that,
which is why
they didn't understand him.
And the less they understood him,
the more meaningful his advice became.

That's why the Masters live simply,
hiding their wisdom deep within themselves.

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

Chapter 70

70.1 My sayings are easy to recognize,
       and very easy to apply.
       But no one in the world can recognize them,
       and no one can apply them.
70.2 Sayings have a source,
       events have a leader.
       It is only through ignorance
       that I am not known.
       Those who know me are rare;
       those who emulate me a noble.
70.3 This is why sages dress plainly,
       and conceal what is precious.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation