Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Tao Of No Self

Translation by Taoist Master Ni, Hua Ching
Favor and disgrace are both the cause of shock.
Truly, the greatest trouble is that people value 
     their own individual self.

What is meant by saying that favor and disgrace 
     are both the cause of shock?
Favor is not higher (than disgrace).
When one is favored, one is shocked.
When one is disgraced, one is also shocked.

What is meant by saying that tghe greatest 
     trouble is that people value their own 
     individual self?
People are beset with the great trouble because
     they assert that there is an individual self.
If they take nothing personally, then what
     can they call trouble?
Therefore, only one who dedicates himself
     to serve the world is fit to tend the world.
Only one who relinquishes the self can be
     entrusted with the responsibility for the world.


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