let yourself be partial

What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.
The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.

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