“Philosophical Sayings about Worldly Matters” XXI-XXV

by Sharon S.

《世法哲言》 21~25

Written by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

XXI.
A city does not need all the food a province produces, but that much food is far from enough to feed the whole country; it needs all the food the country can produce. The strength of an individual is nothing compared with collective strength.
一省之田為一市之用甚多也,一國之或何以覺之,國人國土而方養之,一人之力頗大者則弗及其眾推之量也。

XXII.
What to do to beat your equal in battle? Attack him where he is most vulnerable with concentrated force and victory will be yours. A piece of wood with a sharp end can break another piece of wood that is just as hard as the wood you use to attack.
相對能量何以足之?專一而取之,甲乙等力之對,甲專攻其乙之一,甲可勝之,相等料木以一尖刺其面,可制于傷也。

XXIII.
Success in life depends not only on wisdom and ability but also on time and opportunity. Given no time and opportunity, wisdom and ability cannot come into play. Only when all the elements meet will success be the result. This is the true way of achieving success.
成就之或俱之智者而善利時,故事業之成必備時,具智無時業無研機,時智具之,就業由然,成就之道弗出定諦也。

XXIV.
Intellectual and material resources work in opposite ways. Intellectual resources are limitless; the more they are tapped, the broader they grow in scope. Impermanent in nature and limited in quantity, material resources last but a short time, and the more they are consumed the sooner they are exhausted. The truth is that the former is non-quantifiable and thus infinite and everlasting while the latter is quantifiable and therefore diminishing and exhaustible.
慧海之庫與物質之倉是為反量也,慧庫無為轉無量,多用之反增之。物倉儲存乃無常,施之減之,故無為乃大,大在無量,無常乃微,微在消然。

XXV.
Exercise caution when everything goes your way; persevere in what you do when nothing goes your way. In the former case, lack of caution results in disasters; in the latter case, perseverance will never go unrewarded.
風順之道莫放肆而疏忽之,艱難之途當振作而謹慎之,面順而失之慎災必至焉,迎難行而奮取福田由然。

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