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The Teaching of Dao 13-通道 13  

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自見者不明, 自是者不彰

He who only relies on his own eyes cannot see clearly;

He who considers himself always right cannot tell right from wrong! 

重為輕根, 靜為躁君

The heavy is the root of the light, and the tranquil is the master of the active. 

致虛極, 守靜篤

Reach for the state of emptiness both in mind and body 

治大國若烹小鮮

Rule a country state like frying a small fish which require delicate balance 

知足者富, 強行者有志

He who is content is rich; he who acts with persistence has the will to succeed 

知足不辱, 知止不殆

Whoever is contented will meet no disgrace, and whoever knows when and where to stop will meet no danger 

知者不言, 言者不知

He who knows does not speak, and he who speaks does not know 

知者不博, 博者不知

He who knows does not show off and he who shows off does not know 

知我者希, 則我者貴

Those who are able to understand me are very few, and those who able to follow me re very hard to meet. 

知人者智, 自知者明

He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened

知其雄, 守其雌

He who knows the masculine but beholds the feminine

知其榮, 守其辱

He who knows glory but beholds the disgrace 

知其白, 守其黑

He who knows the white but beholds the black  

知常容, 容乃公

Only by knowing the eternal can one embrace all; only by embracing all can one be impartial 

執大象, 天下往

Whoever holds fast to the great image will become that one to whom all people under Heaven will come. 

躁勝寒, 靜勝熱

Briskly overcomes cold, quiet overcomes heat 

魚不可脫於淵

Fish cannot be taken away from water 

有無相生, 難易相生

The existence is the result of non-existence, easy is the result of relativity of difficulty 

有物混成, 先天地生

There was something formless yet complete existed before Heaven and Earth! 

有國之母, 可以長久

Having the foundation of government, one can maintain sovereignty for a very long time 

用兵有言: 吾不敢為主而為客

A master of the art of a war is never to offend but to defend 

以正治國, 以奇用兵

A state should be governed in a usual way; a war should be governed but unusual way 

以身觀身, 以家觀家

Know a person from a perspective of a person while know a family from the perspective of a family 

以道佐人主者, 不以兵強於天下

He who assists the ruler with Dao, will not dominate by force 

信言不美, 美言不信

Sincere words aren’t nice, nice words aren’t sincere 

小國寡民

Small country with less population 

希言自然

Actions speaks louder that words 

物壯則老, 是謂不道

Things must grow old faster reaching their prime time or peak, which is contrary to the Dao 

無名, 天地之始

The nameless is the origin of Heaven ad Earth 

我無為而民自化

The sage did nothing but people submit themselves 

為之於未有, 治之於未亂

Deal with things before they happen and get things in orderly manner before disorder sets in 

為學日益, 為道日損

The pursuit of learning may lead to the increase of desires while the pursuit of Dao is aimed at decreasing desires 

天之道, 利而不害

The Path of Dao is the ultimate and essential but not harmful 

天下之至柔

The softest thing on earth is able to handle hard  

天下皆知美之為美

When all people under Heaven acknowledge the beauty as beauty 

天下難事必作於易

All important matters become urgent once they were not solve in early stages

天綱恢恢, 疏而不失

The net with meshes but lets nothing escapes 

天地相合, 以降甘露

Yin and Yang between Heaven and Earth unite to drip sweet dew 

天地不仁, 以萬物為芻狗

The Heaven (cosmic) and Earth are ruthless, letting all things emerge or perish of themselves 

天得一以清, 地得一以寧

Heaven (cosmic) attained Dao and becomes clear

 Earth attained Dao and becomes Tranquil 

天長地久

Heaven (cosmic) is eternal and earth is everlasting 

太上, 不知有之

The best ruler is the one its people know nothing about his existence 

受國之垢, 是謂社稷主

He who bears the humiliation of the whole state can be the lord of the country. 

師之所處, 荊棘生焉

Wherever armies are stationed, briers and thorns grow wild 

聖人自知不自見

The Sage knows himself but does not show himself 

聖人無常心, 以百姓心為心

The Sage will regards his people’s will as his own

 

 Kerby Kuek  郭翹峰

Chief Disciple of Xuan Kong Zhang Pai  玄空掌派首席弟子

E-mail address of Mr.Kerby Kuek : Kerbykuek@gmail.com 

 

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