January 22nd, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation -- Chapter 19 A Sage Abandons Sagacity


17.1 Very great leaders in their domains are only known to exist. Those next best are loved and praised. The lesser are feared and despised.
17.2 Therefore when faith is insufficient and there is disbelief,
17.3 it is from the high value placed on words. Works are accomplished, tasks are completed, and ordinary folk all say they are acting spontaneously.

18.1 When the Great Way is deserted, then there is humanitarian duty.
18.2 When intelligence comes forth, there is great fabrication.
18.3 When relations are discordant, there is family love.
18.4 When the national polity is benighted and confused, then there are loyal ministers.

19.1 Eliminate sagacity, abandon knowledge, and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
19.2 Eliminate humanitarianism, abandon duty, and the people return to familial love.
19.3 Eliminate craft, abandon profit, and theft will no longer exist.
19.4 These three become insufficient when used for embellishment causing there to be attachments.
19.5 See the basic, embrace the unspoiled, lessen selfishness, diminish desire.

20.1 Detach from learning and you have no worries
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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