Tao Te Ching – Verse 54 – Whoever is planted in the Tao will not be rooted up

54
Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.

 

Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the universe
and the universe will sing.

How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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That which is well established cannot be uprooted
That which is strongly held cannot be taken
The descendants will commemorate it forever

Cultivate it in yourself; its virtue shall be true
Cultivate it in the family; its virtue shall be abundant
Cultivate it in the community; its virtue shall be lasting
Cultivate it in the country; its virtue shall be prosperous
Cultivate it in the world; its virtue shall be widespread

Therefore observe others with yourself
Observe other families with your family
Observe other communities with your community
Observe other countries with your country
Observe the world with the world
With what do I know the world?
With this

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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Immersion into the Self,
Reveals Nothingness.
Others call this “Zero!”
This secret
Applied to all things,
Dissolves them,
Replacing them with Infinity.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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