The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 15

15

In ancient times the scholars were virtuous.

Their knowledge was exacting, wonderful, mysterious:

Too deep to be understood,

Too solitary to be known.

Therefore were they known by their qualities:

Prudent, like crossing a river in winter;

Strategic, like being surrounded by enemies;

Dignified in manner;

Expansive, like ice melting in water;

Kind-hearted as a simpleton;

Empty as a valley;

Common as mud;

Still like open water;

Unstoppable as the wind.

Who can remain immersed in mire, yet stay pure?

Who can remain immersed in life, yet stay calm?

He who guards the way is without desire, yet perfectly content.

The solitary man is vacant.

Therefore he conceals himself, yet everything is renewed by him.

老子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 十 五 章

古 之 善 為道 者 , 微 妙 玄 通 , 深 不 可 識 。

夫 唯 不 可識 , 故 強 為 之 容 :     豫 兮 若 冬 涉 川 ﹔     猶 兮 若 畏 四 鄰 ﹔     儼 兮 其 若 客 ﹔     渙 兮 其 若 凌 釋 ﹔     敦 兮 其 若 朴 ﹔     曠 兮 其 若 谷 ﹔     混 兮 其 若 濁 ﹔     澹 兮 其 若 海 ﹔     飂 兮 若 無 止 。     孰 能 濁 以 靜 之 徐 清 。

孰 能 安 以動 之 徐 生 。     保 此 道 者 , 不 欲 盈 。

夫 唯 不 盈, 故 能 蔽 而 新 成 。

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s