February 2nd, 2012

Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching Translation, Chapter 62


The source of all things is in the Tao.
It is a treasure for the good,
and a refuge for all in need.
Whilst praise can buy titles,
good deeds gain respect.
No man should be abandoned
because he has not found the Tao.
On auspicious occasions, when gifts are sent,
rather than sending horses or jade,
send the teaching of Tao.
When we first discover the natural way,
we are happy to know that our misdeeds
are in the past, where they belong,
and so are happy to realize
that we have found a treasure.

Taoism - Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching - Translation

How compassionate this translation of this chapter feels.

"No one should be abandoned
because they have not found the way."

Better than horses or jade
is the knowledge that your sins don't matter .

Just be happy that you have this treasure,
this spirituality, this wisdom
whether you call it shamanism
Taoism, Sufism, Buddhism, Christianity
or something else.

And share it.  What is it?