bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote in daily_tao,


Favor and disfavor have been called equal worries,
Success and failure have been called equal ailments.
How can favor and disfavor be called equal worries?
Because winning favor burdens people
With the fear of losing it.
How can success and failure be called equal ailments?
Because a person thinks of the personal body as self.
When one no longer thinks of the personal body as self
Neither failure nor success can cause harm..
One who knows one's lot to be the lot of all others
Is a safe guide for them,
One who recognizes all beings as members of one's own body
Is able to care for them.

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)
(with minor changes)
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