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All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.
If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.
The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.
A quote from the “Tao te Ching” by Lao-tzu, translation by Stephen Mitchell.
I think many of our world’s leaders could govern themselves by these principals.
Posted by Bodhirose on March 4, 2011
“Even the evil meet with good fortune as long as their evil has yet to mature. But when it’s matured that’s when they meet with evil. Even the good meet with bad fortune as long as their good has yet to mature. But when it’s matured that’s when they meet with good fortune.”
For many years I had wondered why it is that people who are unscrupulous appear to reap reward for their behaviors and people who are “good” appear to have so many troubles befall them. This quote from The Dhammapada and translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu explained it very clearly for me.
Posted by Bodhirose on November 23, 2010