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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    16. Decay and Renewal

    Empty the self completely;
    Embrace perfect peace.
    The world will rise and move;
    Watch it return to rest.
    All the flourishing things
    Will return to their source.

    This return is peaceful;
    It is the flow of nature,
    An eternal decay and renewal.
    Accepting this brings enlightenment,
    Ignoring this brings misery.

    Who accepts nature's flow becomes all-cherishing;
    Being all-cherishing he becomes impartial;
    Being impartial he becomes magnanimous;
    Being magnanimous he becomes natural;
    Being natural he becomes one with the Way;
    Being one with the Way he becomes immortal:
    Though his body will decay, the Way will not.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    17. Rulers

    The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;
    The next best are loved and praised;
    The next are feared;
    The next despised:
    They have no faith in their people,
    And their people become unfaithful to them.

    When the best rulers achieve their purpose
    Their subjects claim the achievement as their own.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    18. Hypocrisy

    When the Way is forgotten
    Duty and justice appear;
    Then knowledge and wisdom are born
    Along with hypocrisy.

    When harmonious relationships dissolve
    Then respect and devotion arise;
    When a nation falls to chaos
    Then loyalty and patriotism are born.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    19. Simplify

    If we could abolish knowledge and wisdom
    Then people would profit a hundredfold;
    If we could abolish duty and justice
    Then harmonious relationships would form;
    If we could abolish artifice and profit
    Then waste and theft would disappear.

    Yet such remedies treat only symptoms
    And so they are inadequate.

    People need personal remedies:
    Reveal your naked self and embrace your original nature;
    Bind your self-interest and control your ambition;
    Forget your habits and simplify your affairs.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    20. Wandering

    What is the difference between assent and denial?
    What is the difference between beautiful and ugly?
    What is the difference between fearsome and afraid?

    The people are merry as if at a magnificent party
    Or playing in the park at springtime,
    But I am tranquil and wandering,
    Like a newborn before it learns to smile,
    Alone, with no true home.

    The people have enough and to spare,
    Where I have nothing,
    And my heart is foolish,
    Muddled and cloudy.

    The people are bright and certain,
    Where I am dim and confused;
    The people are clever and wise,
    Where I am dull and ignorant;
    Aimless as a wave drifting over the sea,
    Attached to nothing.

    The people are busy with purpose,
    Where I am impractical and rough;
    I do not share the peoples' cares
    But I am fed at nature's breast.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    21. Accept

    Harmony is only in following the Way.

    The Way is without form or quality,
    But expresses all forms and qualities;
    The Way is hidden and implicate,
    But expresses all of nature;
    The Way is unchanging,
    But expresses all motion.

    Beneath sensation and memory
    The Way is the source of all the world.
    How can I understand the source of the world?
    By accepting.

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    Lao Tze  Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    22. Home

    Accept and you become whole,
    Bend and you straighten,
    Empty and you fill,
    Decay and you renew,
    Want and you acquire,
    Fulfill and you become confused.

    The sage accepts the world
    As the world accepts the Way;
    He does not display himself, so is clearly seen,
    Does not justify himself, so is recognized,
    Does not boast, so is credited,
    Does not pride himself, so endures,
    Does not contend, so none contend against him.

    The ancients said, "Accept and you become whole",
    Once whole, the world is as your home.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    23. Words

    Nature says only a few words:
    High wind does not last long,
    Nor does heavy rain.
    If nature's words do not last
    Why should those of man?

    Who accepts harmony, becomes harmonious.
    Who accepts loss, becomes lost.
    For who accepts harmony, the Way harmonizes with him,
    And who accepts loss, the Way cannot find.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    24. Indulgence

    Straighten yourself and you will not stand steady;
    Display yourself and you will not be clearly seen;
    Justify yourself and you will not be respected;
    Promote yourself and you will not be believed;
    Pride yourself and you will not endure.

    These behaviours are wasteful, indulgent,
    And so they attract disfavour;
    Harmony avoids them.

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    Lao Tze : Dao De Jing [Tao Te Ching]
    Based on the translations of Robert G. Henricks, Lin Yutang, D.C. Lau, Ch'u Ta-Kao, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English, Richard Wilhelm and Aleister Crowley.

    25. Beneath Abstraction

    There is a mystery,
    Beneath abstraction,
    Silent, depthless,
    Alone, unchanging,
    Ubiquitous and liquid,
    The mother of nature.
    It has no name, but I call it "the Way";
    It has no limit, but I call it "limitless".

    Being limitless, it flows away forever;
    Flowing away forever, it returns to my self:

    The Way is limitless,
    So nature is limitless,
    So the world is limitless,
    And so I am limitless.

    For I am abstracted from the world,
    The world from nature,
    Nature from the Way,
    And the Way from what is beneath abstraction.

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