Wednesday, February 23, 2011

22: Humility Brings Honor


Hulk to be whole.
Bend to be straight.
Empty to be filled.
Wear down to be renewed.
Reduce to gain.
Excess confuses.
Therefore, the sage embraces the one,
And is an example to the world.
He does not show off, therefore he shines.
He does not justify himself, therefore he is revered.
He does not boast, therefore he is honored.
He does not praise himself, therefore he remains.
Because he opposes no one,
No one in the world can oppose him.
The ancients said:
Hulk to be whole.
Are these just empty words?
Indeed, he shall remain whole.

Humility Brings Honor

"Blessed are the meek," said Jesus, and continued: "for they will inherit the earth." That's also Lao Tzu's message in this chapter...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 22 Translation and Commentary

1 comment:

  1. Noble thoughts indeed stem from a noble heart my friend.

    We have much to learn from you and thank you.