“A person comes forth to life and enters into death.

Three out of ten are partners of life,

Three out of ten are partners of death,

And the people whose every movement leads them to the

land of death because they cling to life

Are also three of of ten.

Now,

What is the reason for this?

It is because they cling to life.

Indeed,

I have heard that

One who is good at preserving life

does not avoid tigers and rhinoceroses

when he walks in the hills;

nor does he put on armor and take up weapons

when he enters a battle.

The rhinoceros has no place to jab its horn,

The tiger has no place to fasten its claws,

Weapons have no place to admit their blades.

Now,

What is the reason for this?

Because on him there are no mortal spots.”

 

From the Tao Te Ching — Lao Tzu — Translated by Victor H. Mair

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