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The Lords of the Ravines

Part 66 of the Tao Teh King for Awakening

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How did the great rivers and seas become the lords of the ravines? By being good at keeping low. That was how they became lords of the Ravines.

Therefore in order to be the chief among the people, one must speak like their inferiors.

In order to be foremost among the people, one must walk behind them.

Thus it is that the Sage stays above, and the people do not feel his weight.

Walks in front, and the people do not wish him harm.

Then the people of the world are glad to uphold him forever.

Because he does not contend, no one in the world can contend against him.

(Tao Teh King 66)

How did the great rivers and seas become the lords of the ravines? By being good at keeping low. That was how they became Lords of the Ravines.

Once again we see that humility and self-effacement are the secret of advancement and wide influence.

Therefore in order to be the chief among the people, one must speak like their inferiors. Wu: “Therefore, the Sage reigns over the people by humbling himself in speech.” Feng and English: “If the sage would guide the people, he must serve with humility.” Byrn: “If you want to be the ruler of people, you must speak to them like you are their servant.”

In order to be foremost among the people, one must walk behind them. Wu: “And leads the people by putting himself behind.” Byrn: “If you want to lead other people, you must put their interest ahead of your own.” We must learn to sincerely put others first and at the same time be an example for them to see and follow of their own accord.

Thus it is that the Sage stays above, and the people do not feel his weight. Mabry: “That way when the sage takes a position of power the people will not feel oppressed.” Byrn: “The people will not feel like they are being manipulated, if a wise person is in front as their leader.” Freedom of thought and deed results from the example of a wise person.

[He] walks in front, and the people do not wish him harm. Mabry: “And when the Sage leads the people will not think he is in the way.” Blackney: “His station is ahead of them To see they do not come to harm.” The wise one neither pushes from behind nor pulls from in front.

Then the people of the world are glad to uphold him forever. Because he does not contend, no one in the world can contend against him. Mabry: “Because he refuses to compete, The world cannot compete with him.” Never a burden, the sage only uplifts and inspires. Therefore those around him are always in favor of his worthy words and actions. He does not lead them, but they model themselves after his example because they wish to be like him. This is the highest form of leadership.

Next in the Tao Teh King for Awakening: The Three Treasures

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Introduction to The Tao Teh King for Awakening

Chapters of The Tao Teh King for Awakening

Preface to The Tao Teh King for Awakening

  1. On the Absolute Tao
  2. The Rise of Relative Opposites
  3. Action Without Deeds
  4. The Character of Tao
  5. Nature
  6. The Spirit of the Valley
  7. Living for Others
  8. Water
  9. The Danger of Overweening Success
  10. Embracing the One
  11. The Utility of Not-Being
  12. The Senses
  13. Praise and Blame
  14. Prehistoric Origins
  15. The Wise Ones of Old
  16. Knowing the Eternal Law
  17. Rulers
  18. The Decline of Tao
  19. Realize the Simple Self
  20. The World and I
  21. Manifestations of Tao
  22. Futility of Contention
  23. Identification with Tao
  24. The Dregs and Tumors of Virtue
  25. The Four Eternal Models
  26. Heaviness and Lightness
  27. On Stealing the Light
  28. Keeping to the Female
  29. Warning Against Interference
  30. Warning Against the Use of Force
  31. Weapons of Evil
  32. Tao is Like the Sea
  33. Knowing Oneself
  34. The Great Tao Flows Everywhere
  35. The Peace of Tao
  36. The Rhythm of Life
  37. World Peace
  38. Degeneration
  39. Unity Through Complements
  40. The Principle of Reversion
  41. Qualities of the Taoist
  42. The Violent Man
  43. The Softest Substance
  44. Be Content
  45. Calm Quietude
  46. Racing Horses
  47. Pursuit of Knowledge
  48. Conquering the World by Inaction
  49. The People’s Hearts
  50. The Preserving of Life
  51. The Mystic Virtue
  52. Stealing the Absolute
  53. Brigandage
  54. The Individual and the State
  55. The Character of the Child
  56. Beyond Honor and Disgrace
  57. The Art of Government
  58. Unobtrusive Government
  59. Be Sparing
  60. Governing a Big Country
  61. Big and Small Countries
  62. The Good Man’s Treasure
  63. Difficult and Easy
  64. Beginning and End
  65. The Grand Harmony
  66. The Lords of the Ravines
  67. The Three Treasures
  68. The Virtue of Not-Contending
  69. Camouflage
  70. They Know Me Not
  71. Sick-Mindedness
  72. On Punishment (1)
  73. On Punishment (2)
  74. On Punishment (3)
  75. On Punishment (4)
  76. Hard and Soft
  77. Bending the Bow
  78. Nothing Weaker than Water
  79. Peace Settlements
  80. The Small Utopia
  81. The Way of Heaven

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