300 Chuang Tzu
complaint, which a man sick of some serious dis- ease is scarcely" able to do.
I beg therefore merely to ask the art of preser\-ing life."
"The art of pre5er\nng life," replied Lao Tzu, " consists in being able to keep all in One,
Sc. Body and soul. See the Tao-Te-Ching, ch. x, where this idea has been reproduced.
to lose nothing, to estimate good and evil without dixination,
To know that each is bound up in the other.
to know when to stop, and how much is enough, to leave others alone and attend to oneself, to be with- out cares and without knowledge, — to be in fact as a child. A child will cry all day and not become hoarse, because of the perfection of its constitutional harmony.
Also reproduced in the Tao-Te-Chiyig, ch- Iv.
It will keep its fist tightly closed all day and not open it, because of the concentration of its virtue. It \\'ill gaze all day without taking off its eyes, because its sight is not attracted by externals. Ir. motion, it knows not whither it is bound ; at rest, it is not conscious of doing amthing ; but uncon- sciously adapts itself to the exigencies of its en\-iron- ment. This is the art of preser\-ing life."
Is this then the virtue of the perfect man ? cried Xan Yung.
• Not so," said Lao Tzu. '* I am, as it were, bu. breaking the ice.