Tao Te Ching Chapter 27

 

1.

On Stealing the Light

A good runner leaves no track.
A good speech leaves no flaws for attack.
A good reckoner makes use of no counters.
A well-shut door makes use of no bolts,
And yet cannot be opened.
A well-tied knot makes use of no rope,
And yet cannot be untied.

Therefore the Sage is good at helping men;
For that reason there is no rejected (useless) person.
He is good at saving things;
For that reason there is nothing rejected.
– This is called stealing the Light.

Therefore the good man is the Teacher of the bad.
And the bad man is the lesson of the good.

He who neither values his teacher
Nor loves the lesson
Is one gone far astray,
Though he be learned.
– Such is the subtle secret.

Lin Yu Tang

2.

A good walker leaves no tracks;
A good speaker makes no slips;
A good reckoner needs no tally.
A good door needs no lock,
Yet no one can open it.
Good binding requires no knots,
Yet no one can loosen it.
Therefore the sage takes care of all men
And abandons no one.
He takes care of all things
And abandons nothing.

This is called “following the light.”

What is a good man?
A teacher of a bad man.
What is a bad man?
A good man’s charge.

If the teacher is not respected,
And the student not cared for,
Confusion will arise, however clever one is.
This is the crux of mystery.

Jane English and Gia-fu Feng

“Teachers have the most to learn, learners have the most to teach, and preachers move a lot of air. It doesn’t bother the air.”

Learners teach, and teachers learn.
If the teacher is not the student then the lesson is neither loved nor learned.

No matter how praised and successful the teacher is,
no matter the books and websites and media appearances the teacher makes,
no matter how clever the teacher is –
when even one person is abandoned
the light is lost and confusion follows.

Take care of all persons,
abandon no one,
lest you abandon yourself.

Take care of all things,
abandon no thing,
lest you abandon the light.

The good and the bad are one thing.
The teacher and the student are one person.
The one thing and the one person are One.

This is the subtle, secret center of the Tao.

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