Tao Te Ching Chapter 5

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Chapter 5th
We observe no kindness in Creation and see everything treated like a straw dog.
A sage seems to show no kindness and treats people like a straw dog.
Do you see that whatever happens between heaven and earth is like using a bellows?
It looks empty, but the effect caused by it is endless.
The more you pump it, the more comes out.
The vain words we say are like the bellows,
the more we say them the more trouble they cause.
It is better to use moderation and only say what’s appropriate.
The reason we don’t see kindness is because of our vanity.

A true seeker… must cling unto patience and resignation, observe silence and refrain from idle talk. For the tongue is a smoldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endureth a century.  ──   Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 125

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