TAO TE CHING = CHAPTER 7 = complete

wisdom notes

Heaven endures; Earth lasts a long time.

The reason why Heaven and Earth can endure and last a long time-

Is that they do not live for themselves.

Therefore they can long endure.

Therefore the Sage:

Puts himself in the background yet finds himself in the foreground;

Puts self-concern out of his mind, yet finds his self-concern is preserved.

Is it not because he has no self-interest,

That he is therefore able to realize his self-interest?

-Translation of Robert G. Henricks

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Tao Te Jing: Chapter 7 = complete

wisdom notes

Heaven and earth last forever.

The reason why heaven and earth last forever
is that they do not live for themselves.
Hence, they last forever.

Therefore, the True Person leaves self behind
and thus is found in front,
is not guarded and thus is preserved,
is self-free and thus is able to find fulfilment.

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