Tao Te Ching Chapter 2

2nd Chapter
When beauty has been emphasized, the ugly becomes notable.
When good has been favored, the evil is opposed.
Being and nonbeing, manifest and conceal each other;
The difficult and the easy complement each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
The high and low tilt toward each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back are ordered by one another.

The sage knows that if one is emphasized the other will be magnified too.
In order to not cause division, he helps whoever is in need without showing favor or disfavor to anyone.
Whatever can help others to progress, he will be sure to do it.
He creates opportunities and does not claim them.
He encourages people to use the opportunities and makes things happen without imposing.
When things happen and produce results, he does not claim the credit.
Because his actions leave no self-mark, he teaches selflessness by actions instead of words.

Implications from the Holy Books

Know thou that all men have been created in the nature made by God, the Guardian, the Self-Subsisting. Unto each one hath been prescribed a preordained measure, as decreed in God’s mighty and guarded Tablets. All that which ye potentially possess can, however, be manifested only as a result of your own volition. Your own acts testify to this truth. ── Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 77

God is the beginning and end of all existence. God has created all, and all return to God. Therefore, love humanity with all your heart and soul. If you meet a poor man, assist him; if you see the sick, heal him; reassure the affrighted one, render the cowardly noble and courageous, educate the ignorant, associate with the stranger. Emulate God. Consider how kindly, how lovingly He deals with all, and follow His example. You must treat people in accordance with the divine precepts—in other words, treat them as kindly as God treats them, for this is the greatest attainment possible for the world of humanity. (‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace 8/29/1912)

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