Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dao De Jing 3

Dao De Jing 3

When the gifted are not valued & employed, there is no strife;
When expensive & rare goods are not valued, thieves are not created;
When things longed for are not made visible, there is no disorder.
The sage ruler, then, will empty the heart-minds of the people, will fill their stomachs, will weaken their willfulness, will make their bones strong.
He will constantly keep the people in a state of not perceiving & not longing, & will keep  those who do have perceptive knowledge from daring to act.
When non-action is practiced, then all is put in order.

Laozi, 道德經
Translation by John Hayes

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A painting of the Daode Tianzun ('the Heavenly Lord of Dao and its Virtue'), the deified Laozi, one of the supreme divinities of Daoism.
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