Tao Te Ching Chapter 65

65th Chapter
The ancient sages did not teach people words, instead, they taught deeds.
Words may become excellent as knowledge, but without deeds, they can’t become wisdom.
People are difficult to guide because they mistake knowledge for wisdom.
Therefore, a leader that guides his people only with words and knowledge can’t be a good leader.
If a leader guides his people with deeds and principles (become wisdom) , then it will result in happiness.
Knowing the difference between guiding with deeds and guiding with knowledge, shows the leader knows his principles (and with wisdom).

If one knows how to use the principles to lead his people, then we say he is endowed with ideal virtues.
The effects generated from the ideal virtues are profound.
They can influence a being and help it returns to its origin, which is a simple and pure stage.
When a being returns to its origin, it will reach its highest degree of perfection.

Implications from the Holy Books

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  —Isaiah 55:8-9

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