chinese gnosis (2)

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What is imperfect will become perfect.

What is crooked will become straight.

What is empty will become full.

What is worn out will become new.

 

With little, ‘It' is gained.

With much, one deviates from ‘It'.

 

That is why the sage holds fast to the One,

and in this way makes himself into an example for the world.

Not seeking to shine, he is enlightened.

Not overrating himself, he is distinguished.

Not boasting, he has merit.

Not wanting to be first, he is superior.

Standing in non-conflict,

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Put away wisdom and abandon knowledge, then the people will be a hundred times happier.

Put away philanthropy and abandon justice, then the people will return to being loving parents and children.

Put away subterfuge and abandon acquisitiveness, then there will be no more thieves and robbers.

Renounce these things and never be content with outward appearances.

Instead, I will show you what you need to do. See yourself in your original simplicity and maintain your original purity. Have little ego

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