lipu Nasin la: kasi nanpa 28 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|Know the Masculine, cleave to the Feminine
|Be a valley for everyone.
|Being a valley for everyone[,]
|You are always in virtue without lapse
|And you return to infancy.
|Know the White, but cleave to the Black. 1
|Be a model for everyone.
|Being a model for everyone[,]
|You are always in virtue and free from error
|You return to limitlessness.
|Know Glory but cleave to Humiliation
|Be the valley for everyone.
|[Being the valley for everyone, and]
|When your constancy in virtue is complete
|You return to the state of the “uncarved block.”
|The block is cut into implements.
|If the sage uses it, he ends up being an official.
|Therefore the great tailor does not cut.
[Miller:] The “black” is the deep, religious, mystic part of our experience. The “white” is our involvement in mundane affairs. We should well understand how the conventional world operates, but our priority should lie in adhering to deeper principles. ↩