Saturday, March 16, 2013

Translating Lao Tzu






Tao Te Ching, Chapter 42

Lao Tzu:
The "parent of all teachings"
is that "the violent man will come to a violent end."

Jen:
First Cause, or "parent of all teachings"
is that what you put out is what you get back.

LT:
The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.

Jen:
Zero begot one, One begot Two, Two gave birth to Three.
Infinity and individuality, synthesized,
brought forth exponentially increasing expressions.
From this trinity came all else in existence.

LT:
The ten thousand things carry yin and embrace yang.
They achieve harmony by combining these forces.

Jen:
We and our world are a blend of opposing forces.
We find resolution and peace, inner and outer,
through balance and synthesis.


LT:
Men hate to be "orphaned," "widowed," or "worthless,"
But this is how kings and lords describe themselves.

Jen:
We have mastered ourselves and our world
when we understand the true riches are within.

LT:
For one gains by losing
And loses by gaining.

Jen:
We gain by losing our identification
with things of the world,
and lose the real treasure
by increasing that identification.


LT:
What others teach, I also teach; that is:
"A violent man will die a violent death!"
This will be the essence of my teaching.

Jen:
As many sources have said
in different ways:
What we put out is what we get back.
This is the ultimate teaching.