Of the incomparable Sage

By not envying the superior,
Despising the inferior,
Or competing with equals,
The true Sage attains preeminence in the world.

He is devoted to virtues and good deeds for their own sake,
Not for the rewards that come from them,
And thus due to his right and proper progress,
They all, eventually, come to maturation within him.

So much inner treasure does the Sage gather by his deeds,
That even the dust under the tires of his car
Become a source of merit.

The true Sage diligently dissolves and uproots his faults and stains,
He purifies and brings to fruition his virtues,
And by this wise methodology,
He eventually reaches the highest attainment

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