and abandon wisdom,
and everyone will benefit
a hundred times over.
Eliminate philanthropy and proper behavior
and the people will return
to true devotion.
and abandon profits,
and thieves will disappear.
These three things are false adornments.
Recognize the simplicity
of embracing one’s natural state of being.
Stop seeking knowledge
and you will remain above worry,
Setting aside your self-interests and desires.
When I remember I am neither holy or wise it benefits everyone.
When I remember the blessing and the word go nowhere and mean nothing,
I remember it is only an illusion to believe we are separate.
I remember we are one.
When I remember I am neither generous or conformed, I can neither give nor teach.
I remember who I am.
I remember what I think I have is only what I think I have.
When I remember there is no profit in artifice and deception, nothing can deceive me.
Adornments are never simple or true. Honesty is.
There is peace in simple honesty, unadorned.
Be humble. Be true. Be honest.
I’m just me, for better and for worse. I have words, thoughts, feelings, a gaggle of personas, a karmic history, an identity, an ego, a path, a source and destination and way points between, a nature and a nurture, a neurology and a psychology, a body and a world and a spirit and a soul.
Responses to Tao Te Ching Chapter 19