March 17th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 67: Spiritual Treasures


67.1 Everyone in the world
       says my Way is great,
       but it seems incomparable.
       It is just because it is great that
       it seems incomparable:
       when comparisons are long established
       (they become) trivialized.

67.2 I have three treasures
       that I keep and hold:
       one is mercy,
       the second is frugality,
       the third is not presuming
       to be at the head of the world.
67.3 By reason of mercy,
       one can be brave.
       By reason of frugality,
       one can be broad.
       By not presuming
       to be at the head of the world,
       one can make your potential last.

67.4 Now if one were bold
       but had no mercy,
       if one were broad
       but were not frugal,
       if one went ahead
       without deference,
       one would die.

67.5 Use mercy in war,
       and you win;
       use it in defense,
       and you're secure.
       Those whom heaven is going to save
       are those it guards with mercy.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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