lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 65 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|The ancients who were skillful at the Way
|Did not illuminate the people
|But rather kept them simple.
|When the people are difficult to rule
|It is because of their cleverness.
|If you use cleverness to rule the state
|You are a robber of the state.
|If you don’t use cleverness to rule the state
|You are a blessing to the state.
|If you understand these two points, you know the proper norm for governing.
|tenpo ale la, sona … nimi li Pona Nasa.
|To be continuously understanding the proper norm is called Mysterious Virtue.
|pona Nasa li suli mute a!
|How deep and far-reaching Mysterious Virtue is!
|ijo ale li sin kama.
|It makes all return
|Until they reach the Great Norm.