The knowledge of what is Befitting a Man's Position
The benevolent expect no return for their dutiful giving.
How can the world ever repay the rain cloud?
It is to meet the needs of the deserving
That the worthy labor arduously to acquire wealth.
Of all duties, benevolence is unequaled in this world,
And even in celestial realms.
He who understands his duty to society truly lives.
All others shall be counted among the dead.
The wealth of the world-loving wise man
May be likened to a well-stocked village water tank.
Riches retained by generous men
Resemble a fruit tree ripening in the heart of a village.
In the hands of a benevolent man,
Wealth is like a medicinal tree whose healing gifts help all.
Those who deeply know duty do not neglect giving,
Even in their own unprosperous season.
The benevolent man considers himself poor only
When he is unable to render his accustomed service to humanity.
Were it said that loss of wealth is the price of benevolence,
Such loss is worth selling one's self to procure.
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