March 14th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 64: Doing Non-Doing, Wanting No Wanting, Learning Not Learning.

64.1 What is at rest
       is easy to hold.
       What has not shown up
       is easy to take into account.
       What is frail
       is easy to break.
       What is vague is easy to dispel.

64.2 Do it before it exists;
       govern it before there's disorder.
64.3 The most massive tree grows from a sprout;
       the highest building rises from a pile of earth;
       a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
64.4 Those who contrive spoil it;
       those who cling lose it.

       Thus sages contrive nothing,
       and so spoil nothing.
       They cling to nothing,
       and so lose nothing.

64.5 Therefore people's works
       are always spoiled on the verge of completion.
       Be as careful of the end
       as of the beginning,
       and nothing will be spoiled.

64.6 Thus sages want to have no wants;
       they do not value goods hard to get.
       They learn not learning
       to recover from people's excesses,
       thereby to assist
       the naturalness of all beings,
       without daring to contrive.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 65: Simple Lives

65.1 In ancient times,
       good practitioners of the Way
       did not use it to enlighten the people,
       but to make them unsophisticated.
65.2 When people are unruly,
       it is because of their sophistication.
       So to govern a country by cunning
       is to rob the country.
       Not using cunning to govern a country
       is good fortune for the country.
65.3 To know these two is also a model.
       Being always aware of the model is called hidden virtue.
65.4 Hidden virtue is deep, far-reaching,
       n contrast to ordinary people.
       Only when it is thus does it reach great accord
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Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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