Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Line by Line - Verse 52, Line 16

And hides the unchanging from men's sight.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~

This is learning constancy.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~

This is called practicing constancy
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~

That's how to get right with Tao.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from, 2004 ~
I think Derek Lin really sums up the thrust of this verse well.
"Practicing constancy" is the application of discipline in our lives. Constant practice of the Tao involves repetition and reminders, until the wisdom becomes second nature.
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