THE FEMININE TAO 
CHAPTER SIXTY-SEVEN
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Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Intro) : 32 Nature Mystic Chapters :
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40, 43, 45, 47    48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 63, 67    70, 73, 77, 79.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Chao-Hsiu Chen (2004)

The whole world says that the Tao is great,
and that it seems without form.

It is great — that is why it has no form.

It has existed for a long time, and can also seem small.

I have three treasures that I keep and protect:
the first is goodheartedness,
the second is frugality,
the third is not daring to take the lead.

Only goodheartedness can bring courage.
Only frugality can bring generosity.
Not daring to take the lead can bring leadership.

Now to give up goodheartedness for courage,
frugality for generosity, the rear for the lead,
will surely lead to the end.
Goodheartedness in battle will lead to victory,
and defence will strengthen the territory.
Heaven will save the one who follows this
and guard him with goodheartedness.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven (2) below (3) all (4) say (5) my (6) way (7) is great
(8) seemingly (9) not (10) likewise (of value)
(11) surely (12) only (13) great (14) because (15) seemingly (16) not (17) of value
(18) if it were (19) of value
(20) enduring (21) would (22) of it (23) be small (24) too (25) surely

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ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"This is like saying metaphysics is useless, since unlike accounting, engineering, or medicine, it does not have a particular use. Of course metaphysics is most important in providing the foundation of all that bears any particular use. In the same way Tao is useless because it is so essential. To be useful in a particular way it would be the small not the great."

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

Some say my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach: [*]
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being. [**]
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"The three cardinal virtues according to the Tao Te Ching are motherly love, frugality and daring not to be at the front. The first treasure, tz'u, has been rendered many ways: 'deep love' by Chan, 'compassion' by Lao, Chang and Blakney, 'commiseration' by Young and Ames, and 'pity' by Waley. [...] Primarily tz'u is the love that protects and nurtures, most characteristic of a mother's love."
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[**] HO-SHANG-KUNG [an ancient commentator] says:
"[The Taoist] keeps to modesty, retires and does not
play the leading part."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Ellen M. Chen (1989)

All under heaven say that my Tao is great,
That it seems useless.
Because it is great,
Therefore it seems useless.
If it were useful,
It would have long been small.

I have three treasures,
To hold and to keep:
The first is motherly love,
The second is frugality,
The third is daring not to be at the world's front.

With motherly love one can be courageous,
With frugality one can be wide reaching,
Daring not to be at the world's front,
One can grow to a full vessel.

Now to discard motherly love, yet to be courageous,
To discard frugality, yet to be wide reaching,
To discard staying behind, yet to be at the front,
One dies!

One with motherly love is victorious in battle,
Invulnerable in defence.
When Heaven wills to save a people
It guards them with motherly love.

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Chinese Character for Guard, Bao
PROTECT / GUARD (保= Bao)
Pictograph =
Person with Blanketed Child
"I have three treasures,
held close and guarded."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Herrymon Mauer (1985)

All beneath heaven say
My Tao seems like folly.
But it is great
Because it seems like folly.
Were it not like folly,
Long indeed would it have been petty.
I have three treasures,
Held close and guarded.
The first is love.
The second is simplicity.
The third is not-daring to be first beneath heaven.
Whoever is loving can be brave;
Whoever is simple can be generous;
Whoever is not-daring to be first beneath heaven
Can be a vessel of excellence.
But to be brave without being loving,
Generous without being simple,
Foremost without being hindmost,
That is to perish!
For love cannot fight without winning.
Cannot defend without strengthening.
When heaven helps,
It protects by loving.

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Chinese Character for Precious Objects, Bao
TREASURE / Precious Objects (寶= Bao)
Pictograph = Jade + Earthenware +
Seashells under a Roof

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
Translated by Kari Hohne

Everyone in the world says that my Tao is vast
and resembles nothing.
It is because it is vast that it
resembles nothing; if it resembled anything
it would have, long ago, become small.

I have three treasures,
which I hold and protect:
The first is called compassion;
The second is being malleable like an uncarved block;
The third is not daring to take the lead in the empire.

Being compassionate, one can afford to be courageous.
Being malleable, one is able to extend oneself outward.
Not daring to take the lead in the empire,
one is able to become a leader.

Now if one has courage but discards compassion;
Reaches widely but discards being malleable;
Goes ahead but discards being behind,
this is fatal.
Through compassion, one can triumph in attack
and be impregnable in defense.
What the way provides during times of need,
it protects with the gift of compassion.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Frank J. MacHovec (1962)

The world says: "Tao is great but seems so foolish!"
It seems foolish because it is great.
If it did not seem so foolish it would have long since lost its value.

I have three treasures. Guard them and keep them safe!
The first is love without which nothing is possible.
The second is moderation which is to know the Mystic Balance.
The third is humility, to know that you have come from nothing
and that you return to nothing.
Without these there is no hope.

Love conquers all. There is no defense against it.
Tao arms with love those it would protect.

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TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) I (2) have (3) three (4) treasures
(5) I hold (6) and (7) protect (8) the same
(9) the first (10) I say (11) is compassion
(12) the second (13) I say (14) is simplicity/thrift
(15) the third (16) I say (17) is not (18) daring (19) to act (20) in heaven (21) below (22) at the front
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
trans. by S. Addiss & S. Lombardo (1993)

T'ien hsia chieh wei wo tao ta
Everyone under heaven calls my TAO great,
And unlike anything else.

It is great only because
It is unlike anything else.
If it were like anything else
It would stretch and become thing.

I have three treasures
To maintain and conserve:
The first is compassion.
The second is frugality.
The third is not presuming
To be first under heaven.

Compassion leads to courage.
Frugality allows generosity.
Not presuming to be first
Creates a lasting instrument.

Nowadays,
People reject compassion
But want to be brave,
Reject frugality
But want to be generous,
Reject humility
But want to come first.

This is death.

Compassion:
Attack with it and win.
Defend with it and stand firm.

Heaven aids and protects
Through compassion.

The accomplished person is not aggressive.
The good soldier is not hot-tempered.
The best conqueror does not engage the enemy.
The most effective leader takes the lowest place.

Shih wei pu cheng chih te
This is called the TE of not contending.
This is called the power of the leader.
This is called matching Heaven's ancient ideal.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Timothy Freke (1999)

People say that my talk of Tao is all
      well and good,
but it doesn't relate to anything!
But this is precisely what makes it so
      important.
Tao doesn't 'relate' to anything,
because Tao 'is' everything!

I have three qualities that I treasure
      and hold close:
Love,
simplicity,
and daring not to put myself before others.
From love comes courage.
From simplicity comes generosity.
From daring not to be first, comes
      leadership.
People today want to be courageous,
but not because of love.
They want to be generous, but not
      through simplicity.
They want to lead, but not with humility.
This is hopeless.

In conflict it is love that wins.
Love is the strongest protection.
If you have love,
it is as if Heaven itself were keeping you safe.

A good guide doesn't insist.
A good employer doesn't push people around.
A good competitor isn't angry,
and if they win they aren't vindictive.

Natural Goodness doesn't struggle,
it brings out the best in people.
In ancient times this was called
      'Heaven's Way.'

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

The world talks about honoring the Tao,
but you can't tell it from their actions.
Because it is thought of as great,
the world makes light of it.
It seems too easy for anyone to use.

There are three jewels that I cherish:
compassion, moderation, and humility.
With compassion, you will be able to be brave,
With moderation, you will be able to give
to others,      
With humility, you will be able to become
a great leader.      
To abandon compassion while seeking to be brave,
or abandoning moderation while being benevolent,
or abandoning humility while seeking to lead
will only lead to greater trouble.
The compassionate warrior will be the winner,
and if compassion is your defense you
will be secure.     
Compassion is the protector of Heaven's salvation.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Heaven (2) having (3) saved (4) the same
(5) continues (6) with compassion
(7) to protect (8) the same

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 67
translated by Tolbert McCarroll (1982)

Everyone under heaven says my Tao is great
      and resembles nothing else.
It is because it is great that it seems different.
If it were like anything on earth
      it would have been small from
            the beginning.

I have three treasures that I cherish and hold fast.
      The first is gentleness,
      the second is simplicity,
      the third is daring not to be first
            among all things under heaven.
Because of gentleness I am able to be courageous.
Because of simplicity I am able to be generous.
Because of daring not to be first
I am able to lead.

If people forsake gentleness and attempt
      to be courageous, forsake simplicity and
      attempt to be generous, forsake the last
      place and attempt to get the first place,
      this is certain death.

Gentleness conquers in battle and protects
      in defense.
What heaven guards, it arms with the gift
      of gentleness.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Sixty-Seven in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 4 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven (2) below (3) all (4) say (5) my (6) way (7) is great
(8) seemingly (9) not (10) likewise (of value)
(11) surely (12) only (13) great (14) because (15) seemingly (16) not (17) of value
(18) if it were (19) of value
(20) enduring (21) would (22) of it (23) be small (24) too (25) surely

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) I (2) have (3) three (4) treasures
(5) I hold (6) and (7) protect (8) the same
(9) the first (10) I say (11) is compassion
(12) the second (13) I say (14) is simplicity/thrift
(15) the third (16) I say (17) is not (18) daring (19) to act (20) in heaven (21) below (22) at the front

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) compassionate (2) therefore (3) able (4) to be brave
(5) moderate (6) therefore (7) able to be (8) generous
(9) not (10) daring (11) to act (12) in heaven (13) below (14) at the front
(15) therefore (16) able (17) to create / become (18) a vessel (19) long-lasting

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) nowadays (2) set aside (3) compassion (4) with (5) bravery
(6) set aside (7) thrift (8) with (9) generosity
(10) set aside (11) being behind (12) with (13) being at the front
(14) dead (15) indeed

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) surely (2) compassion (3) therefore (4) when (5) the consequence (6) is victory
(6) and thus (7) to [truly] guard (8) then (9) the ramparts

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Heaven (2) having (3) saved (4) the same
(5) continues (6) with compassion (7) to protect (8) the same
 
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