Thursday, August 8, 2013

The nature of her being is good

The sage has no fixed mind;
she is aware of the needs of others.

Those who are good she treats with goodness.
Those who are bad she also treats with goodness
Because the nature of her being is good.

She is kind to the kind.
She is also kind to the unkind
Because the nature of her being is kindness.

She is faithful to the faithful;
she is also faithful to the unfaithful.
The sage lives in harmony with all below heaven.
She sees everything as her own self;
She loves everyone as her own child.

All people are drawn to her.
She behaves like a little child.

~The Tao Te Ching, 49th Verse, Revised

Quote from upcoming Mother Earth book, illustrated by Elisabeth Slettnes.

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