The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 13

13

Favour scares me just the same as disgrace. Life is just like suffering.

Why do I say that favour scares me just the same as disgrace?

Because favour is subject to reversal. Therefore, know that favour scares me just the same as disgrace.

The loss of favour scares me just the same. Truly, I repeat that favour scares me just the same as disgrace.

Why do I say that life is just like suffering?

I suffer because I exist.

Because I exist

I aspire to transcend existence.

Why do I suffer?

Because that is the nature of existence.

Truly, I am involved in existence.

Because I am involved in existence,

Truly, I seem to be subject to existence.

老子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 十 三 章

寵 辱 若 驚, 貴 大 患 若 身 。    何 謂 寵 辱 若 驚 。

寵 為 下 ,得 之 若 驚 , 失 之 若 驚 , 是 謂 寵 辱 若 驚 。    何 謂 貴 大 患 若 身 。

吾 所 以 有大 患 者 , 為 吾 有 身 ,

及 吾 無 身, 吾 有 何 患 。    故 貴 以 身 為 天 下 , 若 可 寄 天 下 ﹔

愛 以 身 為天 下 , 若 可 托 天 下 。

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