if you want to experience what he meant
saying - 81; rich kings without power.
Let him who has grown rich be king,
and let him who possesses power renounce it.
A rich king could be a benefit to many his subjects in need, be it alone that he could
lift the need for heavily taxing the people. The ones who held power those days
posed not exactly an example of charity; as they held power mainly for the sake of
self-interest, it would be better if they denounced it.
Besides, power is likely to corrupt those who hold it.
One who seeks, provides for those in need,
and denounces any inclination towards self-interest.
Plisch (2008) translates the first sentence not as a wish, but as a statement: whoever has
become rich shall be king, which means to say that the rich are generally also powerful.
Such consequent power, however, should be renounced. Plisch holds the
interpretation beneath a less likely one.
Rich may also refer to spiritual wealth; him who has grown rich is in that case the one
who reigns as a king, as also said in saying-2, where it refers to one who found the kingdom.
The possession of power may have similar meaning as in saying-2, meaning that the
one who has realized the kingdom should now even abandon that as a concept as ultimately
it cannot be thought of. Such interpretation carries a strong Zen-like flavor indeed!
The saying could also mean that
one should let the richness of the kingdom rule one's life,
whereas the powerful enticement of the world should be renounced.