TAO TE CHING 62

bird branch

The Way is the mysterious sanctuary

Of the ten thousand things

A treasury for those who are good

And a refuge for those who are not

Pleasant words make sales

Honourable deeds place one above others

If a person has no goodness

Why should we reject them?

Therefore,

At the enthronement of the Son of Heaven

And the appointment of the Three Ministers

Though presented with precious jade

Or proceeded by four-horse carriages

None of this is as good

As sitting still

And making progress in The Way

This is the reason

The ancients exalted The Way

Above all else

Did they not say:

Through it seekers receive?

Through it the guilty are forgiven?

 

Therefore it is the treasure

Of All Below Heaven

 

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