Tao Te Ching Chapter 30

30th Chapter
One who advises his leader with Tao, won’t recommend conquering others with armed force.
He won’t solve problems with violence, as the problems will keep coming back.
Wherever war goes, thorns grow.
Wherever a battle has been fought, the land is devastated.
For many years it will be in bad condition.

Even when war is necessary, he will stop when the purpose is met, as he is afraid of the consequences of conquering.

He won’t restrict the people he defeated.
When he wins he won’t show off his power.
he won’t brag.
He knows the war was to stop something, but not to force his will on others .
If one overpowers others, he will decline in honor.
Overpowering others is against Tao.
Whoever is against Tao will perish.

Implications from the Holy Books

When we observe the phenomena of the universe, we realize that the axis around which life revolves is love, while the axis around which death and destruction revolve is animosity and hatred. ……in all degrees and kingdoms unity and agreement, love and fellowship are the cause of life, whereas dissension, animosity and separation are ever conducive to death. Therefore, we must strive with life and soul in order that day by day unity and agreement may be increased among mankind and that love and affinity may become more resplendently glorious and manifest.  ── ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace 8/17/1912

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