I use the translations of Derek Lin (2006), Lin Yutang (1955), Herrymon Maurer (1985), Chang Chung-yuan (1975) and Cheng Lin (1949).
67 - Derek Lin, 2006
Everyone in the world calls my Tao great
As if it is beyond compare
It is only because of its GREATNESS that it seems BEYOND COMPARE
If it can be compared, it would already be insignificant long ago
I have THREE TREASURES: I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called COMPASSION
The second is called CONSERVATION
The third is called NOT DARING TO BE AHEAD IN THE WORLD
Compassionate, THUS ABLE to have courage
Conserving, THUS ABLE to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
THUS ABLE to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but DISCARDs compassion
Reaches widely but DISCARDs conservation
Goes ahead but DISCARDs being behind
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with COMPASSION GUARD them
67 - Lin Yutang, 1955
All the world says: my Tao greatly resembles folly.
Because it is GREAT; therefore it resembles folly.
If it did not resemble folly, it would have long ago become petty indeed!
I have THREE TREASURES: guard them and keep them safe.
The first is LOVE.
The second is, NEVER TOO MUCH.
The third is, NEVER BE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD.
Through Love, one has no fear;
Through not doing too much, one has amplitude of reserve power;
Through not presuming to be the first in the world,
One CAN develop one's talent and let it mature.
If one FORSAKEs love and fearlessness,
FORSAKEs restraint and reserve power,
FORSAKEs following behind and rushes in front,
He is DOOMED!
For love is victorious in attack,
And invulnerable in defense.
Heaven arms with LOVE
Those it would NOT see DESTROYED.
67 - Herrymon Maurer, 1985
All beneath heaven say my Tao seems like folly.
But it is GREAT because it seems like folly.
Were it not like folly, long indeed would it have been petty.
I have THREE TREASURES: held close and guarded.
The first is LOVE.
The second is SIMPLICITY.
The third is NOT DARING TO BE FIRST BENEATH HEAVEN.
Whoever is loving CAN be brave;
Whoever is simple CAN be generous;
Whoever is not-daring to be first beneath heaven
CAN be a vessel of excellence.
But to be brave WITHOUT being loving,
Generous WITHOUT being simple,
Foremost WITHOUT being hindmost,
That is to PERISH!
For love cannot fight without winning.
Cannot defend without strengthening.
When heaven helps,
It PROTECTS by LOVing.
67 - Chang Chung-yuan, 1975
The world says that I am beyond determination
And cannot be identified with anything.
It is because I am beyond determination that I cannot be identified with anything.
If I could be identified with anything, I would no longer be beyond determination.
There are THREE ESSENTIALS that I value and maintain:
One is COMPASSION,
Another is RENUNCIATION,
The third is NEVER LONGING TO BE FIRST IN THE WORLD.
One who is compassionate is ABLE to be valiant.
One who renounces is ABLE to broaden one's self.
One who never longs to be first in the world
Is ABLE to achieve the full growth of his capacity.
In the present day, people wish to be valiant,
But they are NOT compassionate.
They wish to broaden their selves,
But they do NOT renounce.
They wish to achieve the full growth of their capacities,
But they long to be first in the world.
This indeed leads to DEATH.
Through compassion, engaging in war, one wins.
In self-defense, one is very well protected.
This type of person is saved by heaven.
BECAUSE HE IS COMPASSIONATE, he is taken care of well.
67 - Cheng Lin, 1949
The world thinks that Truth which I describe is so great that it seems unreal.
It seems unreal because it is indeed so GREAT.
If it were considered real, then it must be small.
There are THREE TREASURES which I cherish as the most precious.
The first is COMPASSION.
The second is FRUGALITY.
The third is HUMILITY.
Because of compassion, THERE IS courage.
Because of frugality, THERE IS liberality.
Because of humility, THERE IS supremacy.
PERDITION will be the lot of those:
who choose courage, and ABANDON compassion;
who choose liberality, and ABANDON frugality;
who choose supremacy, and ABANDON humility.
When there is compassion, one can be victorious in an offensive war,
and hold his position in a defensive war.
BECAUSE OF THE COMPASSION OF SUCH A MAN,
Heaven will deliver and protect him.
YIN - Greatness that is beyond compare
三寶 (Sān Bǎo) :
Three Treasures / Jewels / Gems
(1) 慈 (Cí) :
Compassion / Mercy / Gentleness / Kindness
(2) 儉 (Jiǎn) :
(3) 不敢為天下先 (Bùgǎn Wéi Tiānxià Xiān) :
Not Daring To Be First (Ahead) In The World