06 June 2011

Sixty-Two

Tao is the ground of the ten thousand things.
It is the refuge of the good man,
and the guardian of the bad.

Fine speech can buy high rank.
Good deeds can earn respect.
Should one without them be abandoned?

Therefore, on the day the son is crowned,
and the three ministers named,
do not send gifts of jade and teams of horses.
Remain still, and offer Tao.

Why has Tao been honored since ancient times?
“Seek and you shall find, transgress and you will be forgiven.”
Is this not the reason?

Above all else, observe Tao.