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Ch. 26 Sentence 1
Beck Gravity is the foundation of levity. Serenity masters hastiness.
Blackney The heavy is foundation for the light; So quietness is master of the deed.
Bynner Gravity is the root of all grace, The mainstay of all speed.
Byrn Heaviness is the basis of lightness. Stillness is the standard of activity.
Chan The heavy is the root of the light. The tranquil is the ruler of the hasty.
Cleary Gravity is the root of lightness; calm is the master of excitement.
Crowley Mass is the fulcrum of mobility; stillness is the father of motion.
Hansen Deem 'heavy' as root of 'light' Deem 'calm' as lord of 'uproar'.
LaFargue Heaviness is the root of lightness Stillness is the master of agitation.
Legge Gravity is the root of lightness; stillness, the ruler of movement.
Lindauer Heaviness acts as root of lightness Stillness acts as sovereign of agitation.
LinYutan The Solid is the root of the light; The Quiescent is the master of the Hasty.
Mabry Heaviness is the root of lightness. Stillness is the master of restlessness.
McDonald The solid is the platform of the light, and the heavy is the root of the light. (Maybe firm integrity has to be the basis of light frivolity). Quiet strength rules over activity, the not-so-active could be the big boss of the hasty.
Merel Gravity is the source of lightness, Calm, the master of haste.
Mitchell The heavy is the root of the light. The unmoved is the source of all movement.
Muller Heaviness is the root of lightness. Composure is the ruler of instability.
Red Pine Heavy is the root of light still is the master of busy
Ta-Kao Heaviness is the basis of lightness; Calmness is the controlling power of hastiness.
Walker Heaviness is the root of lightness. Tranquility is the master of agitation.
Wayism  
Wieger The heavy is the base (root) of the light. Stillness is the prince of movement. (These things should be always united in a just temperament).
World Infinity is the source of all physical manifestations. The Infinite stillness is the creator of the churning universe
Wu Heaviness is the root of lightness. Serenity is the master of restlessness.


Ch. 26 Sentence 2
Beck Therefore the wise travel all day without leaving their baggage. In the midst of honor and glory they remain leisurely and calm.
Blackney The Wise Man, though he travel all the day, Will not be separated from his goods. So even if the scene is glorious to view, He keeps his place, at peace, above it all.
Bynner A traveler of true means, whatever the days pace, Remembers his provision-van And, however fine prospect be offered, is a man With a calm head.
Byrn Thus the Master travels all day without ever leaving her wagon. Even though she has much to see, she is at peace in her indifference.
Chan Therefore the sage travels all day Without leaving his baggage. Even at the sight of magnificent scenes He remains leisurely and indifferent.
Cleary Thereby do exemplary people travel all day without leaving their equipment. Though they have a look of prosperity, their resting place is transcendent.
Crowley Therefore the sage King, though he travel afar, remains near his supplies. Thought opportunity tempt him, he remains quietly in proper disposition, indifferent.
Hansen Using this: Sages pass the whole day in activity and never separate from his heavy provisions cart. Even though he has an sublime views, surpassing those where swallows dwell.
LaFargue And so the Wise Person: Travels all day, not departing from the heavy baggage wagon although there are grand sights, he sits calmly aloof.
Legge Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons. Although he may have brilliant prospects to look at, he quietly remains (in his proper place), indifferent to them.
Lindauer Appropriately it happens That sages travel throughout the day Without departing from heavy or light Even though fabulous views are present They dwell in great comfort and go about like this.
LinYutan Therefore the Sage travels all day Yet never leaves his provision-cart. In the midst of honor and glory, He lives leisurely, undisturbed.
Mabry Therefore, the Sage walks all day and never parts from the baggage-wagon. Although there are many beautiful places to behold, He is beyond such things and is at peace.
McDonald So the wise man travels all day and never leaves his baggage; he who travels all day hardly likes to be separated from his provision-chart: However great and glorious the view, he sits quiet and dispassionate".
Merel A lone traveler will journey all day, watching over his belongings; Only safe in his own bed may he lose them in sleep.
Mitchell Thus the Master travels all day without leaving home. However splendid the views, she stays serenely in herself.
Muller Therefore the sage travels all day Without putting down his heavy load. Though there may be spectacles to see He easily passes them by.
Red Pine thus a lord might travel all day but never far from his supplies even in a guarded camp his manner is calm and aloof
Ta-Kao Therefore the Sage, though traveling all day long, Never separates from his baggage-wagon; Though surrounded with magnificent sights, He lives in tranquillity.
Walker This is why the sage travels all day without ever losing sight of her baggage. She may live in a glorious palace, but she isn't attached to its pleasures.
Wayism  
Wieger Therefore a wise prince, when he travels (in his light carriage), never separates himself from the heavy wagons which carry his baggage. However beautiful the landscape through which he passes, he takes care to lodge only in peaceful places.
World The sage travels all day over the land and sea but does not lose sight of Infinity. Though the manifestations of the earth are wondrous and beautiful, she remains indifferent because she remains centered in the Infinite oneness
Wu Therefore, the Sage, traveling all day, Does not part with the baggage-wagon; Though there may be gorgeous sights to see, He stays at ease in his own home.


Ch. 26 Sentence 3
Beck How can a leader of a great country behave lightheartedly and frivolously?
Blackney For how can one who rules Ten thousand chariots Give up to lighter moods As all the world may do?
Bynner What lord of countless chariots would ride them in vain, Would make himself fool of the realm,
Byrn Why should the lord of a thousand chariots be amused at the foolishness of the world? If you abandon yourself to foolishness, you lose touch with your beginnings.
Chan How is it that a lord with ten thousand chariots Should behave lightheartedly in his empire?
Cleary What can be done about heads of state who take the world lightly in their own self-interest?
Crowley Should the master of a host of chariots bear himself frivolously?
Hansen What do we say, then, of the 10,000 chariot ruler who, based on the self, 'lights' the social world?
LaFargue Why is this? A 10,000-chariot lord, mindful of his self takes the world lightly.
Legge How should the lord of a myriad chariots carry himself lightly before the kingdom?
Lindauer How would one be lord of 10000 war-chariots Yet have a body which is light in the world?
LinYutan How can the ruler of a great country Make light of his body in the empire (by rushing about)?
Mabry Why should the ruler of ten thousand chariots act with such frivolity in this world?
McDonald So the lord with ten thousand chariots can seldom allow himself to be light-spirited and lighter than those he rules. The ruler of a great country should never make light of his body - anywhere. In light frivolity, the controller's centre is lost; in hasty action, such self-mastery.
Merel So the captain of a great vessel should not act lightly or hastily.
Mitchell Why should the lord of the country flit about like a fool?
Muller This being so How could the ruler of a large state Be so concerned with himself as to ignore the people?
Red Pine why would the lord of ten thousand chariots treat himself lighter than his kingdom
Ta-Kao How is it, then, that a king of ten thousand chariots Should conduct himself so lightly in the empire?
Walker Why should the lord of ten thousand chariots behave lightly in the world?
Wayism  
Wieger Alas, how could an emperor behave so foolishly,
World The leader of multitudes cannot afford to lose her perspective. Indulging in the physical manifestations results in a loss of focus on the Infinite.
Wu Why should a lord of ten thousand chariots Display his lightness to the world?


Ch. 26 Sentence 4
Beck In frivolity, the foundation is lost. In hasty action, self-mastery is lost.
Blackney If he is trivial, His ministers are lost; If he is strenuous, There is no master then.
Bynner With pace beyond rein, Speed beyond helm?
Byrn If you let yourself become distracted, you will lose the basis of your power.
Chan If he is lighthearted, the minister will be destroyed. If he is hasty, the ruler is lost.
Cleary Lack of gravity loses servants of state; insanity loses heads of state.
Crowley If he attack without support, he loses his base; if he become a raider, he forfeits his throne.
Hansen To 'light' is to lose the root. To 'uproar' is to lose the lord.
LaFargue Light, then lose the Root agitated, then lose the mastery.
Legge If he do act lightly, he has lost his root (of gravity); if he proceed to active movement, he will lose his throne.
Lindauer Following lightness comes loss of the root Following agitation comes loss of the sovereign.
LinYutan In light frivolity, the Center is lost; In hasty action, self-mastery is lost.
Mabry To act lightly is to lose one's root. To be restless is to lose one's self-control.
McDonald If the ruler is light-hearted, the minister will be destroyed. If he is light, the foundation is lost; If he is active, the lord is lost. [Maybe for ever.]
Merel Acting lightly, he loses sight of the world, Acting hastily, he loses control of himself. The captain can not treat his great ship as a small boat; Rather than glitter like jade He must stand like stone.
Mitchell If you let yourself be blown to and fro, you lose touch with your root. If you let restlessness move you, you lose touch with who you are.
Muller If you take them lightly you will lose your roots. If you are unstable, you will lose your rulership.
Red Pine too light he loses his base too busy he loses command
Ta-Kao To be light is to lose the basis; To be hasty is to lose the controlling power.
Walker One who acts lightly loses her foundation. One who becomes agitated sacrifices her mastery.
Wayism  
Wieger losing all authority by dint of frivolity, and all the rest through his waywardness?
World To be caught up in distinguishing things, narrows the leader's perspective to that of her followe
Wu To be light is to be separated from one's root; To be restless is to lose one's self-mastery.