Tao Te Ching Chapter 56

56th Chapter
Those who know but talk only when it’s needed are wise. Those who talk a lot are not wise.
A wise man knows to guard his five senses well, he knows when to close them and not let them become the “gateway” of desire.
He endeavors to smooth his personality, words and deeds, so he won’t cause harm to others.
He also tries to eliminate inner conflict and prejudice, so his mind can be at peace and not cause conflict with others.
While he improves himself, the light in him becomes brighter, but he remains obscure (humble).
He makes him not look different from others.
This is one of the attributes of Tao, called the mystery of similarity.
The one who reaches the station of the “mystery of similarity” understands people close to him or far from him, people who do good to him or malign him, respect him or belittle him, he accepts all the conditions of the moment, is content with what he has been offered (from Tao).
Because of his detachment from the world, he can “let things happen the way they will (let it be)”, this contentment and freedom from the world makes him a noble being.

Implications from the Holy Books

O SON OF BEING! My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray and perish.  —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 9

O SON OF UTTERANCE! Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee.  —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 10

The essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds; he whose words exceed his deeds, know verily his death is better than his life. —Bahá’u’lláh, Words of Wisdom

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