December 10, 2018

In ruling men, treat the duty as with a fragile egg

To govern in accord with nature

Is to govern with restraint

Restraint makes agreement easy

Easy agreement builds harmonious relationships

With sufficient harmony no resistance will arise

When no resistance arises, then you...

December 3, 2018

In ruling men and serving God, there is nothing like practice

Practice virtue so none can resist it

Practice virtue and its limit cannot be guessed

Such infinite resource allows a kingdom to prosper

And such a kingdom will long endure if it provides an abode for the Tao

For...

November 26, 2018

Listlessly govern

And the people are happy

Govern exactingly

And the people are restless

Bad fortune sometimes

Brings out the good

And good fortune, too,

May give rise to the bad

Who can say how things will end?

Perhaps there is no end

Sometimes down is up and up is down

Be not c...

November 19, 2018

Do not control the people with laws

No through violence nor espionage

But rule with non-action

For the more morals and taboos there are

The more there is cruelty

The more guns and weapons there are

the more factions divide

The more rewards and fame there are

The more envy flou...

November 12, 2018

He who speaks does not know

He who knows does not speak

He who understands does not preach

Temper your judgments and your words

Smooth out your differences and forgive disagreements

Dull your cleverness and simplify your motives

Be open to the world as it unfolds

Then, friend...

November 5, 2018

Who is filled with the Tao is like a newborn

Wasps and snakes will not bite him

Hawks and tigers will not claw him

His bones are soft yet his grasp is sure

For his flesh is supple

His mind is innocent yet his body is virile

For his vigor is plentiful

His song is long-lasting...

October 29, 2018

Samhain, which we call Halloween, All Hallows or All Saints Day, has a very ancient tradition. In Celtic countries, as in the Middle East, a day begins at sunset. Therefore, Samhain starts on All Hallows Eve or Halloween — October 31st — and continues until sunset on N...

October 29, 2018

 Be firm in the Tao and none will uproot you

Cherish it well and on one will be a stranger

Cultivate the Tao in yourself and your virtue will be genuine

Cultivate the Tao in your family and its virtue will overflow

Cultivate the Tao in the village and the village will endu...

October 22, 2018

Following the road of the Tao is easy

For it is great and broad and simple

But people prefer the crooked by-ways

When the palaces and royal courts are grand

The farmers' fields are left to weeds

When food and drink are indulged

Granaries are empty

When people wear fine clothe...

October 15, 2018

 The beginning of the world is its mother

Understand the mother and you understand the child

Embrace the child and you embrace the mother

Who will not perish but forever remain

Reserve your judgments and words

And you maintain influence

Speak your mind and take positions

And...

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