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fame and fortune (chapter 44 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Which is nearer,
name or self?
Which is dearer,
self or wealth?
Which gives more pain,
loss or gain?
 
All you grasp will be thrown away.
All you hoard will be utterly lost.
 
Contentment keeps disgrace away.
Restraint keeps you out of danger
so you can go on for a long, long time.

Written by Hayk

September 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

dim brightness (chapter 7 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Heaven will last,
earth will endure.
How can they last long?
They don’t exist for themselves
and so can go on and on.
 
So wise souls
leaving self behind
move forward,
and setting self aside
stay centered.
Why let the self go?
To keep what the soul needs.
 

Written by Hayk

September 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

soul food (chapter 2 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Everybody on earth knowing
that beauty is beautiful
makes ugliness.
 
Everybody knowing
that goodness is good
makes wickedness.
 
For being and nonbeing
arise together;
hard and easy
complete each other;
long and short
shape each other;
note and voice
make the music together;
before and after
follow each other.
 
That’s why the wise soul
does without doing,
teaches without talking.
The things of this world
exist, they are;
you can’t refuse them.
 
To bear and not to own;
to act and not lay claim;
to do the work and let it go:
for just letting it go
is what makes it stay.
 

Written by Hayk

September 12, 2011 at 6:51 am