39th Verse – Wholeness

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These things from ancient times arise from one:
The sky is whole and clear.
The earth is whole and firm.
The spirit is whole and full.
The 10,000 things are whole, and the country is upright.
All these are in virtue of wholeness.

When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equalibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct.

Therefore, nobility is rooted in humility;
loftiness is based on lowliness.
This is why noble people refer to themselves as alone, lacking, and unworthy.

The pieces of a chariot are useless unless they work in accordance with the whole.
A man’s life brings nothing unless he lives in accordance with the whole universe.
Playing one’s part in accordance with the universe is true humility.

Truly, too much honor means no honor.
It is not wise to shine like jade and resound like stone chimes.

Everything arises from the Tao/God/Universe and everything by its nature is complete and whole. This is the natural state of all that exists.

Man’s attempts to control, manipulate and shape the world to his desires creates separation and a sense of lacking. Man seeks superiority over others and over nature thus causing the slow deterioration the world.

In this capacity, man’s ambition and desire to control are like cancer cells in the body. They slowly decay and destroy the surrounding world.

Recognize your connectedness to everything and everyone. Let go of your need to control and manipulate.

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