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Without desire they are calm, And the realm is of itself at peace. So rulers call themselves ‘abandoned, humble, and unfortunate’. So the highest effect is not a burden, in their arms, Their gentleness achieves harmony. The nameless un-carved block Is freedom from desire. The lowest virtue is always ‘virtuous’ That’s why it has no virtue. So things are sometimes augmented By being diminished, And diminished by addition. highest virtue doesn’t practise virtue That’s why it is virtuous. Men hate the words ‘abandoned, humble, and unfortunate’ Yet rulers call themselves by these names. Like Water or Clouds - The T’ang Dynasty and The Tao, by A. Kline Classical Chinese culture was inextricably linked to the three distinct but complementary approaches to life and thought enshrined in Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Don’t value scarce things, Protect the people from envy. Reticence when the job is done, Is the Way of heaven. Balance leads to nobility, Nobility to what is above, What is above to the Way, The Way to the eternal. the great Way is lost There is ‘benevolence and rectitude’. When the family is not harmonious, There is ‘filial piety’. The people have all they want, It’s only me that’s in need, My mind’s ignorant – so dull! The three greatest Chinese Classical poets, Li Po (Li Bai), Wang Wei, and Tu Fu (Du Fu) lived under the T’ang dynasty during the 8th century AD, and each aligns with one of the three ways of life. Don’t show what’s desired, Keep people from temptation. your spiritual body on your head Can you embrace the One and not let go? When the state is in chaos There are ‘loyal’ ministers. Yet the crowd are clear-minded, It’s only me that’s muddled.
Like the Homeric texts, the Tao Te Ching has been ascribed to a single author and to many. If you are a pattern for the realm Then constant virtue will not be lacking And you will return to the unlimited. Since weapons are instruments of evil, They are not the instruments of the gentleman.
Traditionally the author was one Lao-Tzu (Laozi) which is an honorary title meaning the ‘Old Master’. Know the glorious But keep to the humble And be a valley to the realm. The great cutter takes hold of the realm And wants to manipulate it Will have no peace. The good man aims at ending war, And doing so fears to intimidate. When he is forced to use them He does so without savouring it.
In the earliest ‘biographies’ it is claimed that he was a contemporary of Confucius (551-479BC) or that he lived during the Warring States period of the fifth or fourth century BC, and in legend he departs for the western borders, to live there as a hermit, after first writing the text of the Way, leaving it behind for the instruction of others. The two are identical, But differ in name as they arise. If you are a valley to the realm Then constant virtue will be complete And you will return to the un-carved block. The realm is a sacred vessel That should not be interfered with. Victory is not glorious, Those for whom it is glorious Delight in killing human beings.
The title may be translated as Instruction regarding the Way of Virtue. Aligned with the heavens you are one with the heavens. So the nobleman travels all day Without losing sight of the heavy wagons.
Consisting of eighty-one short sections in a poetic style, the text ranges widely in content, from practical advice to universal wisdom, embracing politics, society and the personal. When he’s secure behind walls and towers, Then he’s at rest and without trouble.