Inner Attainment


When people can be properly aligned and still :
Their hair and skin are abundant and smooth,
Their ears and eyes are acute and clear,
Their muscles are supple and their bones are strong.

Then they can support the great circle of heaven,
And walk on the great square of earth.
They are a reflection of great purity,
They see with great clarity.

Respectful* and cautious, they are without error;
Each day they renew their De.
They understand the whole world
Thoroughly out to the four extremes.

They respectfully* develop their fullness;
This is called inner attainment.
However, if they do not return [to their original nature],
This creates errors.

From: Study of Inner Cultivation, by Anonymous, Translated by Bruce Linnell | Courtesy of Project Gutenberg