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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
trans. by John R. Mabry (1994)

The Sage's heart is not set in stone.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 49a
(1) sagely (2) people (3) have no (4) set (5) mind

She is as sensitive to the people's feelings as to her own.
She says, "To people who are good, I am good.
And to people who are not good? I am good to them, too."
This is true goodness.
"People who are trustworthy, I trust.
And people who are not trustworthy, I also trust."
This is real trust.
The Sage who leads harmoniously considers the mind
of her people as well as her own.
They look to her anxiously.
They are like her own children.

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Chinese Character for Sage, Sheng
SAGE / SAGELY / WISE (聖= Sheng)
Pictograph = Hears + reports (made good) / truth

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

The sages have no mind that remains their own,
they take the mind of the people as their mind.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 49b
(1) thusly (2) a hundred (3) clans [lit. of women born] (4) minds (5) act as (6) mind

Those who are good, are treated with goodness.
Those who are not good, are also treated with goodness.
Thus, goodness grows in the empire.
Those who are honest are treated honestly.
Those who do not know honesty are still treated honestly.
Thus, the virtue of honesty grows in the empire.

The sage, in an attempt to distract the mind of the people
will seek urgently to muddle them.
Giving them something to entertain their ears and eyes,
they are treated like children.

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Chinese Character for Good, Shan
GOOD / GOOD AT / Friendly (善 = Shan)
Pictograph = Words (altered) + Gentle like a Sheep
"I treat the good as good, I also treat the evil as good.
This is true goodness."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by Charles Muller (1997)

The sage has no fixed mind,
She takes the mind of the people as her mind.

I treat the good as good, I also treat the evil as good.
This is true goodness.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) to good (2) ones (3) I am (4) good (5) the same
(6) to not (7) good (8) ones (9) I am (10) likewise (11) good (12) the same
(13) virtue (Te) (14) is goodness

I trust the trustworthy, I also trust the untrustworthy.
This is real trust.

When the sage lives with people, she harmonizes with them
And conceals her mind for them.
The sages treat them as their little children.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

The wise have no mind of their own,
finding it in the minds
of ordinary people.

They're good to good people
and they're good to bad people.
Power is goodness.
They trust people of good faith
and they trust people of bad faith.
Power is trust.

They mingle their life with the world,
and mix their mind up with the world.
Ordinary people look after them.
Wise souls are children. [*]

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 49m
(1) sagely (2) people (3) all of them
(4) children (5) the same

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[*] URSULA K. LE GUIN says:
"I read [the last line] to mean that the truly wise are looked after (or looked upon) like children because they're trusting, unprejudiced, and don't hold themselves above or apart from ordinary life."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
trans. by S. Addiss & S. Lombardo (1993)

The sage has no set heart.

      Ordinary people's hearts
      Become the Sage's heart.

People who are good
      I treat well:
            TE is goodness.
            Te shan

Trustworthy people
      I trust.
Untrustworthy people
      I also trust:
            TE is trust.
            Te hsin

Sages create harmony under heaven
Blending their hearts with the world.
Ordinary people fix their ears and eyes upon them,
But sages become the world's children. [*]

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"The idea is to return to the original chaos womb before the emergence of distinctions and values marking the loss of original unity. The sage by returning to the mind of the infant, not distinguishing between the good and not good, re-educates [...] people to become like children again."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
Kwan-Yuk Claire Sit (2010)

Sages have no set mind.
They adopt the mind of the common people as their own.
They are good to the good.
They are also good to the non-good.
This is the virtue of goodness.
They are truthful to the trustworthy.
They are also truthful to the untrustworthy.
This is the virtue of trust.
For the sake of the world, sages continually absorb.
They mix their mind with the world.
People function as their ears and eyes.
which sages use like little children.

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Comment by KWAN-YUK CLAIRE SIT:
"Like innocent children, [sages] use their ears and eyes
to learn about the world around them and have no desire
to control and keep the world for themselves. They have
the mystic virtue."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

The master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.

She is good to people who are good.
She is also good to people who aren't good.
This is true goodness.

She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren't trustworthy.
This is true trust.

The master's mind is like space.
People don't understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

The Master has no mind of her own.
She understands the mind of the people.

To those who are good she treats as good.
To those who aren't good she also treats as good.
This is how she attains true goodness.

She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren't trustworthy.
This is how she gains true trust.

The Master's mind is shut off from the world.
Only for the sake of the people does she
        muddle her mind.
They look to her in anticipation.
Yet she treats them all as her children.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by Thomas Cleary (1998)

Sages have no fixed mind;
they make the minds of the people their mind:
they improve the good, and also improve those who are not good;
that virtue is good.

They make sure of the true, and they make sure of the untrue too;
that virtue is sure.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) turstworthy (2) ones (3) I (4) trust (5) the same
(6) not (7) trustworthy (8) ones (9) I (10) likewise (11) trust (12) the same
(13) virtue (Te) (14) is trust

The relation of sages to the world is one of concern:
they cloud their minds for the world;
all people pour into their ears and eye,
and sages render them innocent.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Forty-Nine in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version & HO-SHANG KUNG)

 
 
Chapter 49 Seal Script & Interlinear English

  TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 49a
(1) sagely (2) people (3) have no (4) set (5) mind
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) thusly (2) a hundred (3) clans [lit. of women born] (4) minds (5) act as (6) mind
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) to good (2) ones (3) I am (4) good (5) the same
(6) to not (7) good (8) ones (9) I am (10) likewise (11) good (12) the same
(13) virtue (Te) (14) is goodness

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) turstworthy (2) ones (3) I (4) trust (5) the same
(6) not (7) trustworthy (8) ones (9) I (10) likewise (11) trust (12) the same
(13) virtue (Te) (14) is trust

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) sagely (2) people (3) abide in (4) heaven (5) below (6) very (7) shyly (8) therein
(9) act (10) in heaven (11) below (12) completely with (13) their (14) hearts
(15) a hundred (16) clans [lit. of women born] (17) all (18) pay attention (19) with their (20) ears (21) and eyes

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) sagely (2) people (3) all of them (4) children (5) the same
 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 49
translated by R. T. Ames and D. L. Hall (2003)

Sages really think and feel immediately.
They take the thoughts and feelings of the
common people as their own.

To not only treat the able as able
But to treat the inept as able too
Is a quantum gain in ability.
To not only treat the credible as credible
But to treat those you do not trust as credible too
Is a quantum gain in credibility. [*]

As for the presence of sages in the world,
in their efforts to draw things together:
They make the world one muddled mind.
The common people all fix their eyes and ears on the sages,

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) sagely (2) people (3) abide in (4) heaven (5) below (6) very (7) shyly (8) therein
(9) act (10) in heaven (11) below (12) completely with (13) their (14) hearts
(15) a hundred (16) clans [lit. of women born] (17) pay attention (18) with their (19) ears (20) and eyes

And the sages treat them as so many children.

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"This deep religious insight, that the ground of all beings accepts both the good and the not good, both the trustworthy and the untrustworthy, was beautifully expressed by Jesus: 'You have heard that it was said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy. But I tell you, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute and insult you, that so you may be true children of your Father in heaven, who makes his sun rise on the evil and equally on the good, his rain fall on the just and equally on the unjust...But you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.' (Matthew 5:43-48)"

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