Tao Te Ching Chapter 3

3rd Chapter
Not exalting the power of a position can prevent people from fighting to claim it.
Not exalting the value of rare things can prevent people from stealing them.
Not stimulating desire can prevent the cravings of the mind.
The wise leader, therefore, helps his people cultivate the right mindset: empty themselves of material desire and develop their spiritual contentment instead;
weaken their will for material success, and instead help them strengthen, and support their spiritual attainment;
continuously eliminate their worldly knowledge and material desire
to help people know what can benefit themselves and what can be harmful, so even worldly people can stay away from harmful things.
When a leader guides his people to follow the spiritual path and not pursue material pleasure,
then there is nothing in the world that cannot be achieved.


Say: Honesty, virtue, wisdom and a saintly character redound to the exaltation of man, while dishonesty, imposture, ignorance and hypocrisy lead to his abasement. By My life! Man’s distinction lieth not in ornaments or wealth, but rather in virtuous behavior and true understanding.  —Bahá’u’lláh, Words of Paradise

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