With this poem, we begin the Book of DE (the second part of the Daodejing, the poems on virtue or excellence). #38* Magnificent excellence (DE):
#29* Desiring to possess all under heaven by force I think this never works. All under heaven is sacred. It cannot be taken over by
#28* Knowing power, abiding in modesty; like a stream under Heaven. Like a stream under Heaven- never abandoning eternal virtue, returning at last to purity.
#22* Sacrifice the part & save the whole. Bend that to make this straight. Hollow that to make this full. That withers, this blooms. Lose
I contemplate a great deal how the Great Sages & Ancestors all say so many of the same things. Comparative philosophy leads to an open
Already some profit by your labor, usefulness, & skill. Yet all find reward from your self-mastery. Strive always to elevate this craft: Resolute Mindfulness. Source: