Sample of Laozi Daodejing

德经—-马王堆汉墓帛书《老子甲本》(据马王堆汉墓帛书整理小组本)

Sample of  Laozi Ma Wang Duei Cotton Book (reconstructed)—the oldest book with  priceless antique value in the world

Laozi in Seal

【上德不德,是以有德。下德不失德,是以无】德。上德无【为而】无以为也。上仁为之【而无】以为也。上义为之而有以为也。上礼【为之而莫之应也,则】攘臂而扔之。故失道。失道矣而后德,失德而后仁,失仁而后义,【失】义而【后礼。夫礼者,忠信之薄也,】而乱之首也。【前识者,】道之华也,而愚之首也。是以大丈夫居其厚而不居其泊(薄),居其实不居其华。故去皮(彼)取此。昔之得一者,天得一以清,地得【一】以宁,神得一以霝(灵),浴【谷】得一以盈,侯【王得一】而以为正。其致之也,胃(谓)天毋已清将恐【裂】,胃(谓)地毋【已宁】将恐【发,】胃(谓)神毋已霝(灵)【将】恐歇,胃(谓)浴(谷)毋已盈将将恐渴(竭),胃(谓)侯王毋已贵【以高将恐蹶。】故必贵而以贱为本,必高矣而以下为基。夫是以侯王自胃(谓)【曰】孤寡不(谷),此其贱【之本】与?非【也】?故致数与无与。是故不欲【禄禄】若玉,硌【硌若石。上士闻道,堇(勤)能行之。中士闻道,若存若亡。下士闻道,大笑之。弗笑,不足以为道。是以建言有之曰:明道如费,进道如退,夷道如类。上德如谷,大白如辱,广德如不足。建德如偷,质真如渝,大方无隅。大器晚成,大音希声,大象无形,道褒无名。夫唯】道,善【始且善成。反也者,】道之动也。弱也者,道之用也。【天下之物生于有,有生于无。道生一,一生二,二生三,三生万物。万物负阴而抱阳,】中气以为和。天下之所恶,唯孤寡不(谷),而王公以自名也。勿(物)或(损)之【而益,益】之而(损)。故人【之所教,】夕(亦)议而教人。故强良(梁)者不得死,我【将】以为学父。天下之至柔,【驰】骋于天下之致(至)坚。无有入于无间。五(吾)是以知无为【之有】益也。

30.I  A person who assists a ruler to lead should [adopt the policy of] avoiding to intimidate other countries with its military might; [If military action is deemed necessary] he should think hard  [about consequences and weighing in non-violent alternatives]; Because, weeds and thistles grew wild every time after armies march through the land, Following each big military operation was [many] years of  feminine.]

Modern version of Chapter 30 of Laozi 老子 :

[老子道德经, 第三 十 章]  以道佐人主者,不以兵强天下,其事好还:师之所处,荆棘生焉;大军过后,必有凶年。故善者果而已,不敢以取强焉。果而勿伐,果而勿矜,果而勿骄,果而不得已居,是谓果而不强。物壮则老,是谓不道,不道早已。]