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Tao Te King

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TAO TE KING. Laotze, author of the 'Tao Te King,' "Book of the Way and Virtue? lived in the 6th century, Lc., and was keeper of the archives at the capital of the Chau, where Kongtse (Confucius) visited him. Later many legends, borrowed from Buddhism, gathered around his memory, until he became chief deity of the Taoists and his

culture, Laotze constantly joins rejection. of its base features, such as ambition, pnde, loquacity and greed; while he commends its obscure and weak but indispensable elements. In the course of this exposition, many a gem of insight is brought to light, though often embedded in dull earth.

Selections from the 'Tao Te King).— 'Therefore the sage, in the exercise of his government, empties the peoples' minds, fills their bellies, weakens their wills, strengthens their bones. He constantly tries to keep them without knowledge and without desire, and where there are those who have knowledge, to keep them from presuming to act on it. VVhere there is this abstinence from action, good order is universal.* °There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition, no calamity greater than to be dis contented with one's lot, no fault greater than the wish to be getting. Therefore the suffi ciency of contentment is an enduring and un changing sufficiency.* °To those who are good to me, I am good; and to those who are not good to me, I am also good, and thus all get to be good. To those who are sincere with me, I am sincere; and to those who are not sincere with me, I am also sincere, and thus all get to be sincere. The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more that he expends for others, the more does he possess of his own; the more that he gives to others, the more does he have himself.* Consult Legge, J., 'The Texts of Taoism) (2 vols., in 'Sacred Books of the East)).