Dao De Jing Introduction Table of content – The Way and Its Power

The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).

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Daodejing II. 59.

Section De – Chapter LIX

You cannot rule men nor serve heaven unless you have laid up a store;
This “laying up a store” means quickly absorbing,
And “quickly absorbing” means doubling one's garnered “power”.
Double your garnered power and it acquires a strength that nothing can overcome.
If there is nothing it cannot overcome, it know no bounds,
And only what knows no bounds is huge enough to keep a whole kingdom in its grasp.
But only he who having the kingdom goes to the Mother can keep it long.
This is called the art of making the roots strike deep by fencing the trunk, of making life long by fixed staring.

Waley 59

治理国家, 保护自然应象农夫治田一样全其自然, 只有这样才能尽早服从于道, 只有早服从于道才能多积德, 只有多积德才能无所不克, 只有无所不克才能达到大道无穷, 只有大道无穷才能达到安邦治国, 只有以道为治国之本, 立国之母国才能达到长治久安。
这样的国家才是根深固柢, 她根植于长生久视之道。


In ruling the people and in serving heaven it is best for a ruler tobe sparing.
It is because he is sparing
That he may be said to follow the way from the start;
Following the way from the start he may be said to accumulate an abundanceof virtue;
Accumulating an abundance of virtue there is nothing he cannot overcome;
When there is nothing he cannot overcome, no one knows his limit;
When no one knows his limit
He can possess a state;
When he possesses the mother of a state
He can then endure.
This is called the way of deep roots and firm stems by which one livesto see many days.

Lau 59

Pour gouverner les hommes et servir le ciel, rien n'est comparable à la modération.
La modération doit être le premier soin de l'homme.
Quand elle est devenue son premier soin, on peut dire qu'il accumule abondamment la vertu.
Quand il accumule abondamment la vertu, il n'y a rien dont il ne triomphe.
Quand il n'y a rien dont il ne triomphe, personne ne connaît ses limites.
Quand personne ne connaît ses limites, il peut posséder le royaume.
Celui qui possède la mère du royaume peut subsister longtemps.
C'est ce qu'on appelle avoir des racines profondes et une tige solide.
Voilà l'art de vivre longuement et de jouir d'une existence durable.

Julien 59

Bei der Leitung der Menschen und beim Dienst des Himmels
gibt es nichts Besseres als Beschränkung.
Denn nur durch Beschränkung
kann man frühzeitig die Dinge behandeln.
Durch frühzeitiges Behandeln des Dinge
sammelt man doppelt die Kräfte des LEBENS.
Durch diese verdoppelten Kräfte des LEBENS
ist man jeder Lage gewachsen.
Ist man jeder Lage gewachsen,
so kennt niemand unsere Grenzen.
Wenn niemand unsere Grenzen kennt,
können wir die Welt besitzen.
Besitzt man die Mutter der Welt,
so gewinnt man ewige Dauer.
Das ist der SINN der tiefen Wurzel,
des festen Grundes,
des ewigen Daseins
und des dauernden Schauens.

Wilhelm 59

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