Tao Te Ching by LAO TSU

Translation by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English
Calligraphy by Gia-fu and Images of Nature by Jane

 

Three

Not exalting the gifted prevents quarreling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.

The wise therefore rule by emptying hearts and stuffing bellies,
By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
If people lack knowledge and desire,
Then it is best not to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.

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