lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 39 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|These in the past have attained wholeness:
|Heaven attains wholeness with its clarity;
|The Earth attains wholeness with its firmness;
|The Spirit attains wholeness with its transcendence;
|The Valley attain wholeness when filled;
|The Myriad Things attain wholeness in life;
|The Ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.
|In effecting this:
|If Heaven lacked clarity it would be divided;
|If the Earth lacked firmness it would fly away;
|If the spirit lacked transcendence it would be exhausted;
|If the valley lacked fullness it would be depleted;
|If the myriad things lacked life they would vanish.
|If the ruler lacks nobility and loftiness he will be tripped up.
|Nobility has lowliness as its root
|The High has the Low as its base.
|Thus the kings call themselves “the orphan, the lowly, the unworthy.”
|Is this not taking lowliness as the fundamental? Isn’t it?
|In this way you can bring about great effect without burden.
|Not desiring the rarity of gems
|Or the manyness of grains of sand.