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Blakney... Can you govern your animals soul, hold to the One and never depart from it? Can you throttle your breath, down the the softness of breath in a child? Can you purify your mystic vision and wash it until it is spotless? Can you love all your people, rule over the land without being known? Can you be like a female, and passively open and shut heaven's gates? Can you keep clear in your mind the four quarters of earth and not interfere? Quicken them, feed them; Quicken but do not possess them. Act and be independent; Be the chief but never the lord: This describes the mystic virtue. -!- Waley... Can you keep the unquiet physical-soul from straying, hold fast to the Unity, and never quit it? Can you, when concentrating your breath, make it soft like that of a little child? Can you wipe and cleanse your vision of the Mystery till all is without blut? Can you love the people and rule the land, yet remain unknown? Can you in opening and shutting the heavenly gates play always the female part? Can your mind penetrate every corner of the land, but you yourself never interfere? Rear them, then, feed them, Rear them, but do not lay claim to them. Control them, but never lean upon them; Be chief among them, but do not manage them. This is called the Mysterious Power. -!- Yutang... In embracing the One with your soul, Can you never forsake the Tao? In controlling your vital force to achieve gentleness, Can you become like the newborn child? In cleansing and purifying your Mystic vision, Can you strive after perfection? In loving the people and governing the kingdom, Can you rule without interference? In opening and shutting the Gate of Heaven, Can you play the part of the Female? In comprehending all knowledge, Can you renounce the mind? To give birth, to nourish, To give birth without taking possession, To act without appropriation, To be chief among men without managing them - This is the Mystic Virtue. -!- Chan... Can you keep the spirit and embrace the One without departing from them? Can you concentrate your vital force and achieve the highest degree of weakness like an infant? Can you clean and purify your profound insight so it will be spotless? Can you love the people and govern the state without knowledge (cunning)? Can you play the role of the female in the opening and closing of the gates of Heaven? Can you understand all and penetrate all without taking any action? To produce things and to rear them, To produce, but not to take possession of them, To act, but not to rely on one's own ability, To lead them, but not to master them - This is called profound and secret virtue. -!-

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