THE FEMININE TAO 
CHAPTER SEVENTY-SEVEN
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Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Intro) : 32 Nature Mystic Chapters :
gender-inclusive translations, citations from commentary, seal scripts :

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 SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven (2) the same's (3) way (4) it's (5) like (6) stretching (7) a bow (8) isn't it?

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn't enough.

Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don't have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn't think that she is better
than anyone else.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

The Tao of Heaven works in the world
like the drawing of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
The excess is taken from,
and the deficient is given to. [*]

The Tao works to use the excess,
and gives to that which is depleted.
The way of people is to take from the depleted,
and give to those who already have an excess.

Who is able to give to the needy from their excess?
Only someone who is following the way of the Tao.

This is why the Master gives
expecting nothing in return.
She does not dwell on her past accomplishments,
and does not glory in any praise.

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[*] HO-SHANG-KUNG [an ancient commentator] says:
"It is the way of heaven to diminish what has
a surplus and to replete what is deficient.
It always thinks adjustment to be superior."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by Tolbert McCarroll (1982)

The way of heaven is like the bending of a bow.
The high end is pulled down and the low end is raised up.
The excessive is diminished
      and the deficient is supplemented.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) the higher level (2) of things (3) restrained (4) the same
(5) below (6) things (7) lifted up (8) the same
(1) having (2) a surplus (3) of things (4) diminished (5) the same
(6) not (7) sufficient (8) things (9) supplemented (10) the same

It is the way of heaven to take where there is too much
      in order to give where there is not enough.
The way of people is otherwise.
They take where there is not enough
      in order to increase where there is already too much.
Who will take from their own excesses
      and give to all under heaven?
Only those who hold to the Tao.

Therefore, the True Person benefits yet expects no reward,
      does the work and moves on.
There is no desire to be considered better than others.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

Is not the way of Heaven
like the stretching of a bow?

The high it brings down
the low it lifts up;
It takes from what is in excess,
in order to make good of what is deficient.

The way of heaven
reduces what is in excess,
in order to give
to what is deficient.

The Tao of the people is not so.

They reduce further those that are lacking,
and offer more to those who already have.

Who can offer to others what they have
in excess?      

Only those who have the Tao.

Therefore the sage benefits but seek
no gratitude,      
gives but without taking credit:
they do not wish to display their virtue
and still their virtue shines forth.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by John R. Mabry (1994)

The Tao of Heaven is like the stringing
      of a bow.
The high is pressed down and the low
      is raised up.
The string that is too long is shortened
and the string that is too short is added to.
Heaven's Way is to take from what has
      too much
And give it to what does not have enough.
This is not the way of men, however,
For they take from those who have little
To increase the wealth of the rich.
So who is it that has too much
and offers it to a needy World?
Only someone who knows the Tao.
Therefore, the Sage works anonymously.
She achieves great things
But does not wait around for praise.
She does not want her talents to attract
      attention to her.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
Kwan-Yuk Claire Sit (2010)

The way of Heaven is like stretching a bow.
The upper is pressed down;
      the lower is pulled up;
      the excess is trimmed;
      the deficient is supplemented.
The way of Heaven is to diminish excess
      and compensate the deficient.
The way of human beings is totally contrary.
People take from the needy and offer to the affluent.
Who can take the excess and offer as heaven does?
Perhaps only those who follow the way of Tao.
Hence, sages act without possessiveness.
They achieve without claiming credit.
Indeed, they have no desire to display their virtue.

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Chinese Character for Worthy, Xian
WORTHY / VIRTUOUS
EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED (賢 = Xian)
Pictograph = Solid + Money-shells
"Indeed, they have no desire to display their virtue."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by Ralph Alan Dale (2006)

The way of the Great Integrity
is like stringing a bow,
pulling down the high
lifting up the low —

Strengthening the long,
lengthening the short
to take from the excessive
and give insufficiency support.

How opposite to our social norms
which increasingly impoverish the poor
to further enrich the rich
who do not need any more.

How can we gather the world's wealth
to increase the abundance for all in need?
Through rediscovering the Great Integrity,
by acting without praising the deed.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
trans. by S. Addiss and S. Lombardo (1993)

      T'ien
      Chih tao.

      Heaven's TAO
      Is a stretched bow;
      Pulling down the top,
      Pulling up the bottom.
      If it's too much, cut.
      If it's not enough,
      Add on to it:
      Heaven's
      TAO.

The Human Route
Is not like this,
Depriving the poor,
Offering to the rich.

Who has a surplus
And still offers it to the world?
Only those with Tao.

Therefore the Sage
Acts and expects nothing,
Accomplishes and does not linger,
Has no desire to seem worthy.

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Chinese Character for Bow, Gong
BOW (弓 = Gong)
Pictograph of a Bow
"The Tao of Heaven is like the bending of a bow."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
translated by Holly Roberts (2005)

The Tao of Heaven is like the bending of a bow,
It brings down the highest
and raises up the lowest.
It takes from that with abundance,
and replenishes that which is deficient.

The Tao of Heaven takes from those with excess
and gives to those with needs.
The way of humans is not so.
Humans take from those who have less
and give to those who have more.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Heaven (2) the same's (3) way
(4) diminishes (5) what has (6) excess (7) and (8) adds to (9) what is not (10) enough
(11) people (12) the same's (13) way
(14) is consequently (15) not (16) like so
(17) diminishing (18) what is not (19) enough (20) so as to (21) add to (22) what has (23) excess

Who can offer that world a better way?
One with understanding of the Tao.
One with such understanding
acts, yet seeks no credit;
accomplishes, yet seeks no glory.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Seventy-Seven in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
TTC Chapter 77 Wang Pi and Fu Yi versions
Chapter 77 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven (2) the same's (3) way (4) it's (5) like (6) stretching (7) a bow (8) isn't it?
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) the higher level (2) of things (3) restrained (4) the same
(5) below (6) things (7) lifted up (8) the same
(1) having (2) a surplus (3) of things (4) diminished (5) the same
(6) not (7) sufficient (8) things (9) supplemented (10) the same

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Heaven (2) the same's (3) way
(4) diminishes (5) what has (6) excess (7) and (8) adds to (9) what is not (10) enough
(11) people (12) the same's (13) way
(14) consequently (15) is not (16) like so
(17) diminishing (18) what is not (19) enough (20) so as to (21) add to (22) what has (23) excess

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) who (2) is able (3) to have (4) an abundance (5) thus to (6) offer it (7) to heaven (8) below
(9) only (10) having (11) the way (12) they are

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) accordingly (3) sagely (4) people (5) act (6) but (7) not with (8) attachment
(9) work (10) to completion (11) but (12) do not (13) reside

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) they (2) have no (3) desire (4) to be seen (5) as exceptionally gifted
 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 77
trans. by Roger T. Ames & David L. Hall (2003)

The way of tian is like archers drawing their bows.
To hit something high in the air, they pull the string downward;
To hit something lower, they pull the string upward.
When they have drawn the string too far back, they let some go,
And when they have not drawn it far enough, they pull harder.

The way of tian is also to let some go where there is excess
And to augment where there is not enough.

The way of human beings on the other hand is not like this at all.
It is instead to take away from those who do not have enough
In order to give more to those who already have too much.

Who then in having too much is able to draw on this excess to make an
offering to the world?
Perhaps only those who are way-making (dao).

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) who (2) is able (3) to have (4) an abundance (5) thus to (6) offer it (7) to heaven (8) below
(9) only (10) having (11) the way (12) they are

It is thus that sages act on behalf of things but do not make any claim on them,
They see things through to fruition but do not take credit for them.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) accordingly (3) sagely (4) people (5) act (6) but (7) not with (8) attachment
(9) work (10) to completion (11) but (12) do not (13) reside

It is in such a way that they refrain from making a display of their worth.

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