Verse 38

Bid on NFT

To give without seeking reward 
To help without thinking it is virtuous— 
    therein lies the great virtue 
To keep account of your action 
To help with the hope of gaining merit— 
    therein lies no virtue 
The highest virtue is to act without a sense of self 
The highest kindness is to give without condition 
The highest justice is to see without preference 
When Tao is lost one must learn the rules of virtue 
When virtue is lost, the rules of kindness 
When kindness is lost, the rules of justice 
When justice is lost, the rules of conduct 
And when the high-blown rules of conduct are not followed  
    people are seized by the arm and it is forced on them 
The rules of conduct 
    are just an outer show of devotion and loyalty— 
    quite confusing to the heart 
And when men rely on these rules for guidance— 
    Oh, what ignorance abounds! 
The great master follows his own nature 
    and not the trappings of life 
It is said, 
    "He stays with the fruit and not the fluff" 
    "He stays with the firm and not the flimsy" 
    "He stays with the true and not the false"