道德經 第 59 章 Dao de jing Chapter 59

從老子的智慧告訴我們,最好的治人方法是培養人民的美善品德,如此潛能就能被開發出來,且利益眾人。從這篇,也可以看出老子的哲學有上帝的教導,因為人類知識的本源是上帝知識。

From Lao Tzu’s wisdom, the best way to rule a country is to help its people to cultivate ideal virtues. In this way, their potential can be developed to benefit everyone.  From this verse we also can see the ideas of Lao Tzu are connected with God’s teaching, because all knowledge is from God.

「治人,事天,莫若嗇 (愛惜),夫惟嗇,是謂早服(早為準備)。早服謂之重積德,重積德則無不克,無不克則莫知其極,莫知其極可以有國,有國之母,可以長久,是謂根深固柢,長生久視之道。」


[譯文]
為人類謀福祉而奉獻(治人)及服務上蒼(事天)的,沒有不受上蒼疼惜的。受上蒼疼惜,就是為來生作準備(早服)。為來生作準備的人,就是致力培養美善品德的人(重積德)。喜好培養美善品德的人,就沒有什麼不能克服、征服的。沒有事情不能克服的人,他的潛能是無窮的。潛能無窮的人,就可以像有國土的王能自給自足(可以有國),這樣的心地是與生命泉源的上蒼相連的(有國之母),生命有泉源的供給就能長久;這樣的人就稱他為「生命有深厚根基而穩定的人」(根深固柢)。找到生命泉源並扎根,這就是使生命長久(永恆)之道啊!

59th Verse
There is no one who serves humanity and serves God who does not meet the pleasure of God.
Who meets the pleasure of God, we say is a person preparing for his next life.
Who is preparing for his next life, is the one endeavor to acquire ideal virtues.
Who is acquiring ideal virtues, will be able to overcome all situations and conquer his own challenges.
Who is capable of conquering his own challenges, will have extreme potential.
Who has unlimited capacity, will be able to sustain himself like a person who has his own dominion sustain his people.
Who is capable of sustaining himself, is the one who has the connection to the source of the fountain of life (Mother Earth).
Because his life is connected to the fountain of life, then his life won’t be withered and can last.
The one who finds the source of his life, we say he has established the root of his life.
Establishing the root of our life is the way to become eternal beings, acquire a long-lasting life. 

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