Tao Te Ching, Verse 67: The Three Treasures of the Tao

This verse is amazing. It is absolute gold. Keep these treasures close to your hearts my friend, and I will try to do likewise!


Verse 67 [my interpretation]

There are many who talk about the Tao as if they know it well;
as if they can find it in a book, or get it from their parents.
What folly!
The Tao is not something gained by knowing or lost by forgetting,
or else it would have been lost long ago!

The sage has three treasures which she holds close to her heart:
The first is compassion/love.
The second is frugality/simplicity/moderation.
The third is humility.

From compassion comes courage.
From frugality comes generosity.
From humility comes leadership.
If one were courageous without compassion,
if one were generous without frugality,
if one was a leader without humility,
one would surely die.

Love conquers all opponents;
it is invincible in its defence.
When heaven wants to protect someone,
does it send an army?
No, it protects them with love.


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