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The Tao Teh King, or the Tao and its Characteristics by Laozi. No cover available . Download; Bibrec Download This eBook. The Tao and its characteristics. Translated by James Legge. This edition/rendition of the Tao te Ching represents my own interpretation of this classic of Chinese Taoist philosophy. The text is based on the.
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If you have not received any information after contact with Star Track, please contact us to confirm that the address for delivery logged with us are correct. When the Son of Heaven is enthroned, and his ministers appointed, though a prince were to send gifts of jade and horses, such gifts would not be equal to a lesson of the Way, given without stirring.
Why was it that the ancients prized the Way so much? Was it not because it could be obtained by seeking for it, and the guilty could escape by it? This is the reason why all under heaven consider it the most valuable thing.
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Act without acting; conduct affairs without trouble of them; taste what has no flavour; consider the small as great and the few as many; repay injury with kindness.
Anticipate difficulties while things are still easy; achieve great things with small beginnings. All difficult things arise from something easy; All great things begin with something small. Therefore: The Sage, without great effort, is able to accomplish the greatest things.
He who lightly promises will keep little faith. He who thinks things easy will find them difficult. Therefore: The Sage takes care even in what seems easy, and so never has any difficulties.
That which is at rest is easy to keep hold of; What has not yet occurred is more easily prevented; That which is brittle is easily broken; That which is very small is easily dispersed. Action should be taken before a thing has appeared; Order should be secured before disorder begins. A tree that fills the arms grows from a tiny shoot; A tower of nine stories begins from a small heap of earth; A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
He who acts does harm; He who takes hold of a thing will lose it.
The Sage does not act, and therefore does no harm; he does not lay hold, and therefore does not lose. In their conduct of affairs, people always ruin them on the eve of success.
If they were as careful at the end as at the beginning, then they would avoid this. The Sage desires what others do not, and does not prize things difficult to get; he learns what other do not, and turns back to what the multitude have passed by. He helps the natural development of all things, and does not act for himself. The ancients who showed their skill in the Way did so, not to enlighten others, but to keep them simple and ignorant.
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Governing the people is difficult when they have too much knowledge. He who tries to govern a state by cunning is a scourge to it, while he who does not is a blessing. He who knows these two things finds in them a model. Knowing this model is called "the Mysterious Excellence". Deep and far reaching is such mysterious excellence, showing indeed its possessor as opposite to others, but leading them to conformity with him.
Rivers and seas receive the homage and tribute of all the valley streams. This is because they adopt the lower position. So it is that the Sage, in order to rule others, puts himself by his words below them, and in order to lead them, places himself behind them. In this way though he has his place above them, they do not feel burdened, nor though he has his place before them do they feel insulted. Therefore everyone likes and praises him, and do not tire of him.
Because he does not strive, no one strives against him. All the world says that my Way is great, yet seems unlike any other teaching. Now, it is because it is great that it seems unlike anything else. If it seemed like other systems, it would not be great.
I have three precious things which I prize and hold fast: the first is gentleness; the second is economy; and the third is humility. With gentleness I may be bold; with economy I can be liberal; with humility I can lead others. Now-a-days they give up gentleness for boldness; economy for liberality; humility for status.
This is sure to end in disaster. Gentleness is sure to win in battle, and to stand firm in defence. Heaven will save its possessor, by his very gentleness protecting him. One skilled in war makes no show; One skilled in battle avoids anger; One skilled in defeating enemies avoids them. One skilled in leading others shows humility. Not contending results in the correct treatment of others; this is in accord with the Way.
A master of the art of war has said: "I do not dare to be the host; I prefer to be the the guest.
I dare not advance an inch; I prefer to retire a foot. There is no greater calamity than to lightly engage in war. To do so is to lose that precious gentleness.
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Thus it is that when swords are crossed, he who deplores the situation will win. My words are easy to understand, and very easy to practise; yet there is no one in the world who can understand them and practise them. There is an originating principle for my words, and an authority for my actions. It is because they do not know these that men do not understand. Thus the Sage wears poor clothes, and hides his knowledge.
To know, and yet think we do not know is best; not to know, yet think we do know, is an error. By recognising this error, we are preserved from it. The Sage does not have this error. He knows the pain that it causes, and therefore avoids it. When the people have no fear of what they should fear, then the worst will befall them. When the people thoughtlessly indulge themselves, they become weary of life. It is by avoiding such indulgence that such weariness does not arise.
Therefore: the Sage knows himself, but does not parade his knowledge; loves himself, but appears not to value himself. He discards the external, and attends to the inner.
Boldness in daring to defy the law brings death; Boldness in not daring to do so avoids death. Of these two cases, the one appears advantageous and the other injurious, and yet "When heaven's anger strikes, who can say why? It is the way of heaven not to strive, yet it skilfully overcomes; not to speak, yet it skilfully responds; not to call, yet men come to it.
Its demonstrations are quiet, and yet its plans are skilful and effective. The net of Heaven is cast wide; its mesh is large, yet nothing escapes. When the people do not fear death, it is useless to try to frighten them with death. If the people were always afraid of death, and I could always seize those who do wrong and put them to death, who would dare to do wrong?
There is always one who presides over the infliction of death. To inflict death in the place of this one is like cutting wood in the presence of a master carpenter. Seldom is it that in so doing he does not cut himself!
The people suffer from famine: it is because of the excessive taxes of their rulers. The people are difficult to govern: it is because of the excessive regulation by their rulers.
The people make light of dying: it is because of the greatness of their labours in seeking for the means of living. Thus it is better to forget about living than to place a high value on it. Man at his birth is supple and submissive; at his death, stiff and unbending.
So it is with all things. Trees and plants, in their early growth, are soft and fragile; at their death, dry and withered. Thus it is that: firmness and strength are the companions of death, softness and weakness the companions of life.
Hence: he who relies on the strength of his forces does not conquer; and: a tree which is strong and broad invites the axe. Therefore: what is firm and strong is inferior to what is soft and weak. May not the Way of Heaven be compared to the testing of a bow? What was high is brought low, and what was low is raised up.
It diminishes where there is excess, and supplements where there is deficiency.
It is the Way of Heaven to diminish where there is excess, and to supplement where there is deficiency. It is not so with man. He takes from those who have little to add to his own store. Who can take his own surplus, and therewith serve all under heaven? Only he who is in possession of the Way.Thus it is that a great state, by condescending to smaller states, gains them for itself; and that small states, by abasing themselves to a great state, win it over to them.
Let the world be governed according to the Way, and the ancestral spirits will not manifest their spiritual energy. Therefore favour and disgrace are equally to be feared. The multitude look satisfied and pleased, as if enjoying a banquet or going on an outing in Spring. Once you have submitted your order you will receive confirmation and status update emails.
He who does not fail in the requirements of his position continues long; he who dies yet is not forgotten has longevity. A tree that fills the arms grows from a tiny shoot; A tower of nine stories begins from a small heap of earth; A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When Scholars of average ability hear about the Tao, they seem now to keep it and now to lose it.