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Tao-The Way of Heaven is like the stringing of an ancient bow

77.Is not the Way(Tao) of Heaven like the stringing of a bow?

The top extremes are bent downward; what is low is bent up.

So the extremes(the excesses)are diminished, and the deficient (the middle) is given to.(1)

The Way of Heaven reduces the excess, and supplements whatever is depleted.

The human way is different. It takes from the depleted, and give to those who already have an excess.

Who can give away what he has more than enough to give to all under Heaven?

Only someone whose only treasure is (the following of) Tao(2).

Therefore the sage acts (in present;here and now),but never contends

[an act of giving without the expectation for results (living in future)];

Accomplishes his work in detachment ,but does not possess it(without appropriating his work or attributing the result to himself he does not expect rewards in return:glory;praise).

He achieves successes ,but has no desire to dwell in them (in the past)

or to proclaim his superiority( he keeps himself in voluntary obscurity and has no desire to boast his merits because he considers himself as all men's equal in order to maintain the oneness with all things).

Notes:

(1) The ancient chinese bow is a symbol for the entering in Tao:” The Way of Heaven is like bending a bow. The surface is lowered; the center is raised. When the periphery is empty the Center is filled”.

(2) “Only someone whose only treasure is (the following of) Tao” respects what Jesus has said:“where your treasure is,there your hear will be”( Mt 6.21;Lk 12.34); and we can keep our Greatest Commandment:”Love the Lord your God with all your heart”(Mt.22.37;Mk.12.30;Lk.10.27)

 

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Taken on November 21, 2006