January 30th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 27: How Good Prevails

27.1 Good works are trackless,
       good words are flawless,
       good planning isn't calculating.
27.2 What is well closed has no bolt locking it,
       but cannot be opened.
       What is well bound has no rope confining it,
       but cannot be untied.
27.3 Therefore sages always consider it good to save people,
       so that there are no wasted humans;
       they always consider it good to save beings,
       so that there are no wasted beings.
27.4 So good people are teachers
       of people who are not good.
       People who are not good
       are students of people who are good.
27.5 Those who do not honor teachers or care for students
       are greatly deluded, even if knowledgeable.
       This is called an essential subtlety.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 28: Wholeness and Balance

28.1 Know the male, keep  the female;
       be humble toward the world.
       Be humble to the world,
       and eternal power never leaves,
       returning again to innocence.
28.2 Knowing the white, keep the black;
       be an exemplar for the world.
       Be an exemplar for the world,
       and eternal power never goes awry,
       returning again to infinity.
28.3 Knowing the glorious, keep the ignominious;
       be open to the world.
       Be open to the world,
       and eternal power suffices,
       returning again to simplicity.
28.4 Simplicity is lost to make instruments,
       which sages employ as functionaries.
       Therefore the great fashioner does no splitting.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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