Saturday, September 25, 2010

capable of humility...

One more from "The Tao of Emerson"...

Tao (v. 22)
"The partial becomes complete; the crooked straight;
The empty, full; the worn-put, new:
He whose desires are few gets them;
He whose desires are many goes astray/

Therefore the sage holds in his embrace
the one thing, humility, and manifests it to all the world.
He is free from self-display, and therefore he shines;
From self-assertion, and therefore he is distinguished;
From self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged;
From self-complacency, and therefore he acquires superiority.
It is because he is thus free from striving
that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.

That saying of the ancients
that "the partial becomes complete" was not vainly spoken-
All real completion is comprehended under it.

Those who are capable of humility,
of justice, of love, of aspiration,
Stand already on a platform that commands
action and grace.
This energy did not descend into individual life
on any other condition
than entire possession.

It comes to the lowly and the simple;
It comes to whomsoever will put off
what is foreign and proud.
It comes as insight, it comes as
serenity and grandeur.


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