Alli (neugotik) wrote,

stumbled across this today; I like to reflect on something when it strikes me; from Tao Te Ching

That which shrinks
Must first expand.
That which fails
Must first be strong.
That which is cast down
Must first be raised.
Before receiving
There must be giving.

This is called perception of the nature of things.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.

Fish cannot leave deep waters,
And a country's weapons should not be displayed.
(Tao Te Ching, Chapter 36)
(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English ;if that translation link is not working; then try this one but the latter link is a less "easy to read" layout, so I'd recommend the first link; but I know it was offline a little bit today Thanks ~ I've linked all the translations I posted, to complete copies of the Tao Te Ching on the internet by that translator)

1. That which is about to contract has surely been expanded. That which is about to weaken has surely been strengthened. That which is about to fall has surely been raised. That which is about to be despoiled has surely been endowed.

2. This is an explanation of the secret that the tender and the weak conquer the hard and the strong.

3. As the fish should not escape from the deep, so with the country's sharp tools the people should not become acquainted.
(Translated by D.T. Suzuki & Paul Carus)
If you want something to return to the source,
you must first allow it to spread out.
If you want something to weaken,
you must first allow it to become strong.
If you want something to be removed,
you must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to possess something,
you must first give it away.

This is called the subtle understanding
of how things are meant to be.

The soft and pliable overcomes the hard and inflexible.

Just as fish remain hidden in deep waters,
it is best to keep weapons out of sight.
(Translator: J.H. McDonald)
To be at peace with your deep-seated desires, you surely must expand.
To soften your deep-seated desires, you surely must be vigorous.
To give up your deep-seated desires, you surely must flourish.
To deprive your deep-seated desires, you surely must give of yourself.
This is called the mystery of the light.

The gentle and the yielding overcome the hard and the forceful.
Force cannot separate you from your watery abyss (deep-seated desires).
The community's acquisitions cannot help you to know yourself.
(translation by Alan Sheets and Barbara Tovey)
When one is about to take an inspiration, he is sure to make a
(previous) expiration; when he is going to weaken another, he will
first strengthen him; when he is going to overthrow another, he will
first have raised him up; when he is going to despoil another, he will
first have made gifts to him:--this is called 'Hiding the light (of
his procedure).'

The soft overcomes the hard; and the weak the strong.

Fishes should not be taken from the deep; instruments for the
profit of a state should not be shown to the people.
(translated by James Legge)
That which should be reduced, must first be enlarged.
That which should be weakened, must first be strengthened.
That which should be abolished, must first be established.
That which should be taken away, must first be given.

Softness and suppleness overcome hardness and strength.
Fish cannot leave the depths.
The sharpest weapons of the state must not be displayed.
(Translated by Tam C. Gibbs)

Tags: ideas, psychology, tao, zen

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