Its highest virtue from the vale doth rise;We live in a world of self-defined gurus, sages, and motivational coaches. They dazzle us with books, dvds, retreats, seminars and websites. Far too many of them spent a good deal of time shining a light on themselves screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!" They will tell you that if you follow x number of simple steps that have worked for them, you might just end up lucky enough to be half as enlightened as they believe they are.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
The highest Virtue seems empty;
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
High virtue appears like a valley
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
Those with the most virtue
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
The true sage stands in the background and has no need nor desire for self-promotion. They aren't out there trying to "sell" you salvation. They peddle no gimmicks for self-realization.
If you asked a true sage if he or she is, in fact a sage, the most likely response will be, "Who me?"
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