Tao Te Ching Chapter 8

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8th Chapter
The person with utmost goodness is like water, it benefits all (quenches thirst and washes dirt) and doesn’t fight with any, yet willingly settles in unpopular places (the lowest position). He is close to Tao.

If a man lives in the right community (associates with the right people),
his mind is calm like deep water that can’t be disturbed,
he treats others with loving-kindness,
his word is trustworthy,
he manages things with righteousness,
Then he can do the best at that moment.

A man with attributes of water has no conflict with the world and no one complains about him.

Implications from the Holy Books

Those who show mercy have the attributes of water, they are in a lowly position and they benefit others. The Baha’i Writings tell us humility exalts man and allows him to attain the ideal virtues. Acquiring ideal virtues is a way to glorify God/Tao.

O son of man! If thine eyes be turned towards mercy, forsake the things that profit thee and cleave unto that which will profit mankind. And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself. Humility exalteth man to the heaven of glory and power, whilst pride abaseth him to the depths of wretchedness and degradation. —Bahá’u’lláh, Words of Paradise

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