THE FEMININE TAO 
CHAPTER SEVENTY-NINE
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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 Peace, An
PEACE / Make PEACE (Reconcile)
REST (安 = An)
Pictograph = Woman + Roof
"How can such reconciliation be a success?"

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
trans. by Roger T. Ames and David L. Hall (2003)

In bringing harmony to a situation of great enmity,
There is sure to be some animosity remaining.
How can such reconciliation be a success?

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) reconciling (2) great (3) resentment (4) necessarily (5) creates (6) left over (7) resentment:
(8) in making peace (9) how can this (10) thusly (11) serve as (12) goodness

The sages, holding on to the left side of the tally, [*]
Do not demand payment from others.

Persons of character (de) take charge of the tally
While persons who are lacking in character look to calling it due.

The way of tian shows no partiality.
It is really on the side of people who are good at their relationships. [**]

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"The left tally is the debtor's tally, 'the sign of inferiority in an agreement.'
The sage, being humble, acknowledges that he is the debtor.
He has te (the goodness of nature)."

[**] SHAKESPEARE says:
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

After a great enmity is settled
some enmity always remains.
How to make peace?
Wise souls keep their part of the contract
and don't make demands on others.
People whose power is real fulfill
their obligations;      
people whose power is hollow insist
on their claims.     

The Way of heaven plays no favorites.
It always stays with the good. [*]

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[*] URSULA K. LE GUIN comments:
"This chapter is equally relevant to private
relationships and to political treaties. Its realistic
morality is based on a mystical perception of
the fullness of the Way."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Charles Muller (1997)

After calming great anger
There are always resentments left over.
How can this be considered as goodness?
Therefore the sage keeps her part of the deal
And doesn't check up on the other person.

Thus virtuous officials keep their promise
And the crooked ones break it.

The Heavenly Tao has no favorites:

It raises up the Good. [*]

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[*] JEANEANE D. FOWLER comments:
"It is through working with Tao that goodness results. For Tao performs all things. [...] It is the isness of all things, all forces and all subtleties, the rhythms of existence, the patterns of nature, the order of the cosmos."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

Difficulties remain, even after solving a problem.
How then can we consider that as good?

Therefore the Master
does what she knows is right,
and makes no demands of others.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) thus (3) sagely (4) people (5) take (6) the left [debtor's] side (7) of the tally
(8) and (9) do not (10) place blame (11) on (12) others

A virtuous person will do the right thing,
and persons with no virtue will take advantage of others.

The Tao does not choose sides, [*]
the good person receives from the Tao
because she is on its side.

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN [translator] comments:
"According to the Tao Te Ching there can be no salvation in the realm of ethics that demands justice. When we 'repay injury with justice,' (Analects 14:36), as Confucius demands, there is no forgiveness of injury. The wronged party, though vindicated, is still tormented by the wrong. But the religious person rises above justice to healing, a healing which comes only if we can rise above the distinction between good and evil, to the forgiveness and forgetfulness found in nature (te). That is why chapter 63 tells us to 'repay injury with te (nature).' Only in the blissful oblivion of nature (te), which sleeps and forgets that there had been any injuries at all, can there be real healing from injury."

Chinese Character for Favorite, Qin
FAVORITES (親 = Qin)
RELATIVES by Marriage (親 = Qin)
Pictograph = Intertwined (phonetic) + See
"The way of Tao has no favorites
It is always on the side of the good."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

After settling a great dispute
there must be remaining resentments.

How can this be considered good?

Therefore the sage holds the due part of the contract
and does not demand payment from the other person.

Those who have virtue hold to a contract.
Those without virtue hold to collections.

The way of Tao has no favorites
It is always on the side of the good.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
Agnieszka Solska (2008)

When great enemies settle their quarrel
Some of their enmity will linger on.
Is there a way to set things right? [*]
The sage abides by the agreement
And does not seek to assign blame.
People of virtue meet their obligations.
Those without virtue exact their claims.
The Tao of Heaven does not take sides
Yet it always stays with the good.

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[*] AGNIESZKA SOLSKA [translator of Klingon] says:
"Dal pagh jagh," "No enemy is boring."

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Seventy-Nine in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 79 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) reconciling (2) great (3) resentment (4) necessarily (5) creates (6) left over (7) resentment:
(8) in making peace (9) how can this (10) thusly (11) serve as (12) goodness

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) yes (2) thus (3) sagely (4) people (5) take (6) the left [debtor's] side (7) of the tally
(8) and (9) do not (10) place blame (11) on (12) others

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Having (2) virtue [Te] (3) you [can] address (4) the tally
(5) without (6) virtue [Te] (7) you address (8) [only] claims

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven's (2) way (3) has no (4) favorites
(5) commonly/constantly (6) offering up (7) goodness (8) to [all] people

 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Tolbert McCarroll

Even though a truce is made between
great enemies,      
some enmity is bound to remain.
How can this be beneficial?

Therefore, the True Person
undertakes the obligations of the agreement
but makes no claim upon others.
The person who has Virtue shares with others.
The person who lacks Virtue takes fron others.

The way of heaven has no favorites;
it always remains with what is good.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Stephen Mitchell

Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else
there is no end to the blame.

Therefore the Master
fulfills her own obligations
and corrects her own mistakes.
She does what she needs to do
and demands nothing of others.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Thomas Cleary

When you harmonize bitter enemies, yet resentment is sure to linger,
how can this be called good?

Therefore sages keep their faith and do not pressure others.

So the virtuous see to their promises, while the virtueless look after precedents.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Having (2) virtue (3) you [can] address (4) the tally
(5) without (6) virtue (7) you address (8) [only] claims.

The Way of heaven is impersonal; it is always with good people.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 79
translated by Sanderson Beck

Compromising with great hatred surely leaves some hatred.
How can this be considered good?
Therefore the wise keep their part of an agreement
and do not blame the other party.
The good fulfill their obligations;
the bad exact obligations from others.
The Way of heaven is impartial.
It always stays with the good.

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TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) heaven's (2) way (3) has no (4) favorites
(5) commonly/constantly (6) offering up (7) goodness (8) to [all] people

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