The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 70


My teaching is very easy to understand,
Very simple to follow.
Yet no one in the universe is able to know
Or follow it.
My teaching is primordial (or archetypal).
This is my authority.
Truly, humanity does not know this teaching.
Truly, therefore, they do not know me.
I am known by very few,
Yet he who knows me knows that which is precious (and thereby becomes precious or noble).
Truly, therefore, the sage,
By wearing coarse cloth, cherishes the jade within his heart-mind.