The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 22

 22

“The winding path leads to the top of the mountain.”

To become full you must make yourself empty.

To be reborn you must give yourself up.

To become rich you must become poor,

but the rich themselves are muddle-headed.

Thus, the sage devotes himself to mental concentration.

Forms wax and wane.

He who gives up his ego sees and is seen.

Truly, he who gives up his ego can live anywhere.

He who gives up his ego is empowered and empowering.

He who gives up his ego loves and is beloved.

The solitary man has no enemies.

Thus the ancients said, “the winding path takes you where you want to go.”

Truly, words cannot express emptiness.

To become whole just go back to the beginning.

 

老 子:  「道 德 經」 :  第 二 十 二 章

曲 則 全 , 枉 則 直 , 窪 則 盈 ,

敝 則 新 , 少 則 得 , 多 則 惑 。
是 以 聖 人 抱 一 為 天 下 式 。

不 自 見 , 故 明 ﹔

不 自 是 , 故 彰 ﹔

不 自 伐 , 故 有 功 ﹔

不 自 矜 , 故 長 。
夫 唯 不 爭 , 故 天 下 莫 能 與 之 爭 。

古 之 所 謂 「 曲 則 全 」 者 , 豈 虛 言 哉 。

誠 全 而 歸 之 。

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