THE FEMININE TAO 
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE
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Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Intro) : 32 Nature Mystic Chapters :
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01, 04, 06, 07, 08    09, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 23    26, 28, 29, 32, 35,
40, 43, 45, 47    48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 63, 67    70, 73, 77, 79.
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Chinese Character for Rare, Xi
RARE / SPARING / SCARCE
(希 = Xi) Pictograph =
Specially interwoven + Cloth
"Nature is sparing of words."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by Agnieszka Solska (2008)

Nature is sparing of words.
High winds do not last all morning.
A cloudburst doesn't last all day.
What makes them happen?
Heaven and earth.
If heaven and earth cannot contain their works
How can people sustain theirs?
Therefore if you follow Tao you become like Tao.
If you follow virtue you become like virtue.
If you forsake Tao you become forsaken.
Those who are like Tao are gladly welcomed by Tao.
Those who are like virtue are gladly welcomed by virtue.
Those who are forsaken are gladly welcomed by forsakenness.
Those who don't trust receive no trust.

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Chinese Character for Together as one, Tong
TOGETHER / AS ONE / UNITED
(同 = Tong)
Same, Similar, as one, together
Pictograph = Objects + Under the same cover
"Together as one with Tao, Tao embraces"

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by Charles Muller (1997)

To speak little is natural. [*]
Therefore a gale does not blow a whole morning
Nor does a downpour last a whole day.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 23abc
(1) a scarcity (2) of words (3) is itself (4) natural
(5) thus (6) whirling (7) winds (8) don't (9) last out (10) the morning
(11) sudden (12) rains (13) don't (14) last out (15) the day

Who does these things? Heaven and Earth.
If even Heaven and Earth cannot force perfect continuity
How can people expect to?

Therefore there is such a thing as aligning one's actions with the Tao.
If you accord with the Tao you become one with it.
If you accord with virtue you become one with it.
If you accord with loss you become one with it.

The Tao accepts this accordance gladly.
Virtue accepts this accordance gladly.
Loss also accepts accordance gladly.

If you are untrustworthy, people will not trust you.

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[*] YI PING-ONG comments:
"Although there are many passages thick with the language of paradox,
much of the imagery in the Tao Te Ching is also direct and simple.
'To speak little,' Lao Tzu tells us, 'is natural.'"


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet. [*]
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.

If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are at one with loss
and you can accept it completely.

Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses; [**]
and everything will fall into place.

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[*] ISABELLA MEARS says:
"With few words affirm the Self."
[Which] "seems to mean that we should not be
concerned with negatives nor with failures; but that
we should live in the affirmative aspect of life,
reaching always out after goodness, and letting our
personal influence flow out in blessing, without effort."
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[**] EMILY DICKINSON says:
"A narrow wind complains all day how some one
treated him. Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
without her diadem."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

Nature uses few words:
when the gail blows, it will not last long;
when it rains hard, it lasts but a little while; [*]
What causes these to happen? Heaven and Earth.

Why do we humans go on endlessly about little
when nature does much in a little time?
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you and Tao become one.
If you open yourself to Virtue,
then you can become virtuous.
If you open yourself to loss,
then you will become lost.

If you open yourself to the Tao,
the Tao will eagerly welcome you.
If you open yourself to virtue,
virtue will become a part of you.
If you open yourself to loss,
the lost are glad to see you.

"When you do not trust people,
people will become untrustworthy."

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[*] SAPPHO'S advice is:
"to guard against the idly-barking tongue,
when anger is spreading in the breast."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by Ellen M. Chen (1989)

Nature speaks little.
Hence a squall lasts not a whole morning,
A rainstorm continues not a whole day.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 23defg
(1) who (2) does (3) these (4) things?
(5) Heaven (6) and Earth
(7) if Heaven (8) and Earth (9) even (10) are not (11) able (12) to endure
(13) then (14) how much less so (15) for (16) people (17) indeed

What causes these?
Heaven and earth.
Even [the actions of] heaven and earth do not last long,
How much less [the works] of humans?

Therefore one who follows Tao identifies with Tao,
One who follows te (nature) identifies with te (nature).
One who follows shih (loss) identifies with shih.
One who identifies with Tao is glad to be with Tao.
One who identifies with te is glad to be with te.
One who identifies with shih is glad to be with shih.
When you don't trust (the people) enough,
Then they are untrustworthy.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Twenty-Three in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Seal script for Daodejing / Tao Te Ching Chapter 23
Chapter 23 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) a scarcity (2) of words (3) is itself (4) natural
(5) thus (6) whirling (7) winds (8) don't (9) last out (10) the morning
(11) sudden (12) rains (13) don't (14) last out (15) the day

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) who (2) does (3) these (4) things?
(5) Heaven (6) and Earth
(7) if Heaven (8) and Earth (9) even (10) are not (11) able (12) to endure
(13) then (14) how much less so (15) for (16) people (17) indeed

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Therefore (2) align (3) your affairs (4) in accord with (5) the Way (6) of those
(7) acting as one (8) with (9) the Way
(10) having virtue (Te) (11) they (12) act as one (13) in accord with (14) virtue (Te)
(15) having loss (16) they (17) act as one (18) in accord with (19) loss

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) united (2) with (3) the Way (4) these
(5) the Way (6) likewise (7) joyously (8) embraces (9) the same
(10) united (11) with (12) Virtue (13) these
(14) Virtue (15) likewise (16) joyously (17) embraces (18) the same
(19) united (20) with (21) loss (22) these
(23) loss (24) accordingly (25) joyously (26) embraces (27) the same
(28) trusting (29) not (30) enough (31) therein
(32) having (33) no (34) trust (35) [placed] therein

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

Nature doesn't make long speeches.
A whirlwind doesn't last all morning.
A cloudburst doesn't last all day.
Who makes the wind and rain?
Heaven and earth do.
If heaven and earth don't go on and on
certainly people don't need to.

The people who work with Tao
are Tao people,
they belong to the Way.
People who work with power
belong to power.
People who work with loss
belong to what's lost.

Give yourself to the Way
and you'll be at home on the Way.
Give yourself to power
and you'll be at home in power.
Give yourself to loss
and when you're lost you'll be at home.

To give no trust
is to get no trust.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by Tolbert McCarroll (1982)

To talk little is to follow nature.

A whirlwind does not last all morning.
A sudden shower does not last all day.
Who produces these things?
Heaven and earth!
Even heaven and earth cannot make
wild things last long.
How then can people hope to do so?

People of the Tao
conform to the Tao.
People of Virtue
conform to Virtue.
People who lose the way
conform to the loss.
Those who conform to the Tao
are welcomed into the Tao.
Those who conform to Virtue
are welcomed into Virtue.
Those who conform to the loss
are welcomed into the loss.

Those who do not trust enough
will not be trusted.

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Chinese Character for Last Out, Zhong
LAST / LAST OUT
(終 = Zhong) Pictograph =
Thread (with end of the year, phonetic)
"Nor does a rainstorm last out a whole day"

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
trans. by Sandra A. Wawrytko & Charles Wei-hsun Fu (2005)

Nature says little.
Therefore, a whirlwind lasts not a whole morning,
Nor does a rainstorm last a whole day.
Who makes these happen?
Heaven and Earth.
Even Heaven and Earth cannot [make them] last long.
How much less so can human beings?
Therefore, whoever engages in the practice of Tao,
Is identified with Tao;
Whoever engages in [Tao's] virtue,
Is identified with virtue;
Whoever abandons [Tao],
Is identified with abandonment [of Tao];
Whoever is identified with Tao,
Tao is also happy to have them;
Whoever is identified with virtue,
Virtue is also happy to have them;
Whoever is identified with abandonment,
Abandonment is also happy to abandon them;
Because of a lack of trust, distrust arises.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
Kari Hohne (2009)

Nature says very little.
A strong wind does not last all morning,
and a downpour cannot last all day.

If even Nature's utterances do not last long,
how much less should be that of human beings?
That is why one follows the way of nature.

Those who know only the Way conform to the Way.
Those who know only virtue have virtue.
Those who know only loss conform to loss.

Those one with the Way are embraced by the Way.
Those one with the power of virtue take comfort in virtue.
Those one with the loss experience loss willingly.

If one has not learned to trust
how can they be trusted?

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
Frank J. MacHovec (1962)

Nature is sparing in its talk.
Unusually-high winds seldom last the whole morning;
unusually-heavy rains seldom last the whole day.
And where do these things originate? Within nature.
And if nature so spares its talk, how much more, then, should you?

Whoever follows Tao becomes as Tao. Whoever follows Teh becomes as Teh.
Whoever abandons Tao or Teh will be abandoned by Tao and Teh.

Whoever seeks Tao is welcomed to Tao.
Whoever seeks Teh is welcomed to Teh.
Whoever seeks abandonment is welcomed by abandonment.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 23
translation by R. T. Ames and D. L. Hall (2003)

It is natural to speak only rarely
Violet winds do not last a whole morning
And torrential rains do not last a whole day.

What is behind these occurrences?
[It is the heavens and the earth.]
And if the heavens and the earth cannot sustain things for long,
How much less the human being?

Thus those who are committed to way-making (dao) in what they do
Are on their way.
Those who are committed to character (de) in what they do
Achieve this character; [*]
While those who lose it
Are themselves lost.
Way-making is moreover enhanced by those who express character,
Just as it is diminished by those who themselves have lost it.

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[*] HOMER's Odyssey says:
"The work of women dowered n wisdom...
To be expert in beautiful work:
to have good character."

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