March 16th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 66: Humility


66.1 The reason why rivers and seas
       can be lords of the hundred valleys
       is that they lower themselves to them all;
       therefore they can be lords
       of the hundred valleys.
66.2 So when sages wish to rise above people,
       they lower themselves to them in their speech.
       When they want to precede people,
       they go after them in status.
66.3 So when sages rule,
       people don't take it gravely.
       And when sages are in the forefront,
       people don't attack them.
       Therefore the world happily backs them
       and does not tire of them.
66.4 Because they do not contend,
       no one in the world can contend with them.
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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