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

Image and text credits:

http://taoofmedicine.com/2009/08/tao-te-ching-chapter-7/

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