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Master Lao said the sage is outside of herself and therefore her self lasts. Je Tzu taught that we are to forsake earthly treasure and seek treasure in heaven, which never decays or is stolen.

Master Lao said it was through the sage’s selflessness that she is able to perfect herself. The essence of Je Tzu’s gospel is that we are called to put the selfish, imperfect ego to death and allow Je Tzu to live within us for the sanctification of our soul.

Master Lao said the sage stays behind, that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things, that is why she is one with them. Je Tzu taught that the first would be last, and the last first, and the greatest would be the servant of all.

Master Lao said if you chase after money and security your heart will never unclench. He said if you only care about people’s approval you will be their prisoner. Je Tzu taught that it is better to take a lower position and be exalted than to presumptuously take the higher position and be asked to step down in shame.

Bible – Matthew 26:52 – Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Taoteching – Chapter 74 – People who try to take the executioner’s place are like people that try to take the Master Carpenter’s place. If you use the Master’s tools, you will just cut your own hands.

Bible – Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Taoteching – Chapter 76 – The soft and yielding will prevail.

Bible – Proverbs 10:19 – The more you talk, the more you are likely to sin. If you are wise, you will keep quiet.

Taoteching – Chapter 5 – The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much. Better to keep your thoughts inside you.

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