66th Verse~Living the Wisdom of the Tao

February 06, 2018

"I do not put myself above others or see myself as superior to anyone. I am like the great ocean, where all streams flow to me because I stay low, and thus, I am a servant to all."

Why is the sea king of a hundred streams? Because it lies below them. Humility gives it its power. Therefore, those desiring a position above others must speak humbly. Those desiring to lead must follow.

Thus it is that when a sage stands above the people, they do not feel the heaviness of his weight; and when he stands in front of the people, they do not feel hurt.

The sage stays low so the world never tires of exalting him. He remains a servant so the world never tires of making him its king.