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CHAPTER SEVENTY
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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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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

My teachings are easy to understand [*]
and easy to put into practice.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) my (2) words (3) so (4) easy (5) to know
(6) so (7) easy (8) to follow

Yet your intellect will never grasp them
and if you try to practice them, you'll fail.

My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?

If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.

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[*] TS'AO TAO-CH'UNG [Taoist nun] comments:
"Nothing is simpler or easier than the Tao. But because it's so simple, it can't be explained by reasoning. Hence no one can understand it. And because it's so near it can't be reached by stages. Hence no one can put it to use."

Chinese Character for Ancestry, Zong
ANCESTRY / [Ancestor] RELIGION
( = Zong)
Pictograph = Building + Worship
"Words come from an ancestry"

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

My words are so easy to understand,
so easy to follow.

And yet nobody in the world
understands or follows them.

Words come from an ancestry
deeds from a mastery:
when these are unknown, so am I.

In my obscurity
is my value.
That's why the wise
wear their jade under common clothes.


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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Seventy in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 70 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) my (2) words (3) so (4) easy (5) to know
(6) so (7) easy (8) to follow

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) In heaven (2) below (3) no one (4) is able (5) to understand
(6) no one (7) is able (8) to follow

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Words (2) have (3) an ancestor
(4) deeds (5) have (6) a mastery
(7) surely (8) only (9) without (10) knowing
(11) yes (12) thusly (13) not [doing so] (14) we (15) [come to] know

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) understanding (2) me (3) persons (4) are rare
(5) consequently (6) my (7) people [followers] (8) are precious

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Yes (2) thusly (3) sagely (4) people
(5) wear (6) coarse clothes (7) hiding in the heart (8) jade

 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by S. Addiss & S. Lombardo (1993)

Wu yen shen i chih
My words are very easy to understand,
Very easy to put into practice.

No one under heaven can understand them,
No one can practice them.

Words have ancestors,
Deeds have masters,
If people don't understand this,
They don't understand me.

Few understand me.
And this is my value.

Therefore the Sage wears rough clothing
And carries jade inside.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Ha Poong Kim (2002)

My words are very easy to understand,
Very easy to put into practice.
Yet no one under Heaven can understand them
Or put them into practice.
Words have their source,
Deeds have their lord.
Truly, because people don't know this,
They don't understand me.
Those who know me are few;
Those who follow me are rare.
For this reason the sage
Wears coarse cloth but carries
    jade underneath.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Witter Bynner (1944)

My way is so simple to feel,
so easy to apply,
that only a few will feel it or apply it.
If it were not the lasting way,
the natural way to try,
if it were a passing way,
everyone would try it.
But however few shall go my way
or feel concerned with me,
some there are and those are they
who witness what they see:
sanity is a haircloth sheath
with a jewel underneath.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

My words are easy to understand
and easy to practice.
There are few who can understand
and practice them.

My words have an ancient beginning
and my actions stem from principles.
People do not understand this.
Therefore they do not understand me.

Those who know me are few;
thus I am highly sought.

Therefore the sage, while dressed
    in plain clothes
conceals his person like a valuable
    piece of jade.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by R.T. Ames and D. L. Hall (2003)

What I have to say is very easy to understand
And very easy to carry out,
Yet there is no one in the world who is able
      to understand it.
And no one who is able to put it into practice.

Now what is said has a lineage
And what is done has a lord.
It is only because it requires unprincipled knowing (wuzhi)
That they do not understand me.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Words (2) have (3) an ancestor
(4) deeds (5) have (6) a mastery
(7) surely (8) only (9) without (10) knowing
(11) yes (12) thus (13) not [doing so] (14) we (15) [come to] know

But if those who understand me are rare,
I am to be highly prized.
Thus the sages dress in burlap
Yet conceal jade in their bosom.

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Chinese Character for Do, Xing
DO / WALK / PRACTICE
行 = Xing)
Pictograph = Left step, Right step
"My words are easy to understand, easy to practice"

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Derek Lin (2006)

My words are easy to understand, easy to practice
The world cannot understand, cannot practice
My words have basis
My actions have principle
People do not understand this
Therefore they do not understand me
Those who understand me are few
Thus I am highly valued
Therefore the sage wears plain clothes but holds jade

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by J. H. McDonald (1988)

My words are easy to understand
and easier to put into practice.
Yet no one in the world seems to
understand them,     
and are not able to apply what I teach.

My teachings come from the ancients,
the things I do are done for a reason.

Because you do not know me,
you are not able to understand my teachings.
Because those who know me are few,
my teachings become even more precious.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Timothy Freke (1999)

It is easy to understand what I'm saying,
but it seems nobody does.
It is easy to live by my teachings,
but it seems like nobody wants to.

What I say and do is nothing new.
Understand that or you'll never understand me.

Although I am so rarely understood,
It doesn't diminish the value of what I have.
The wise may look poor on the outside,
because they keep their riches in their hearts.

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Chinese Character for Precious, Gui
PRECIOUS, VALUABLE
( = Gui)
Pictograph = Basket of Shells / Shell-Money
"Those who pattern themselves on me
are a precious few."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
translated by Richard Gotshalk (2007)

My words are very easy to understand,
and very easy to practice.
Yet no one is able to understand them,
no one is able to practice them.

Behold, my words have an ancestor, my deeds have a lord;
it is because people do not know these
that they do not understand me.

Those persons who understand me are rare,
those who pattern themselves on me are a precious few.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) understanding (2) me (3) persons (4) are rare
(5) consequently (6) my (7) people [followers] (8) are precious [*]
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[*] EMILY DICKINSON says:
So valiant is the intimacy
between Nature and her children,
she addresses them as "comrades in arms."

It is in the above sense that the wise
'wear haircloth on top, yet clasp jade in their bosom.'

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 70
Frank J. MacHovec (1962)

My teachings are easily understood and are readily put into practice
yet everyone does not understand them, everyone does not practice them.

Words have specific meanings; actions have specific causes.

Not being specific, people do not understand me.

Being misunderstood, I understand.

Understanding, true knowledge is mine.

In this way, the truly wise wear common clothes and carry
their jewels in their hearts.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Yes (2) thusly (3) sagely (4) people
(5) wear (6) coarse clothes (7) [and] hide in the heart (8) jade

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