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He blocks up the holes,

Closes the doors,

Softens the glare,

Settles the dust,

Files down the sharp edges,

Submerges the turmoil,

And unties the tangles.

This is the Mystic Unity;

All submerged in One.

Then love and hatred cannot touch him.

Profit and loss cannot reach him.

Honor and disgrace cannot affect him.

Therefore is he always the honored one of the world.



True Honor And Shame


If the whole world flattered him, he would not be affected thereby, nor if the whole world blamed him would he be dissuaded from what he was doing. For the Sage can distinguish between the inner and outer reality, and understand what is true honor and shame.

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