From a new translation of the Tao Teh Ching


The unchanging Way remains undefined.
Even though it is small and simple,
No one dares claim to be its master.

If leaders really mastered it,
All would submit to them—heaven
And earth would suddenly unite,
Raining down plenty,
And all people would share,
Fairly, without compulsion.

When The Way becomes an action,
We have a name for that action.

When we have a name for it,
All people see its rightness without
Any effort at knowing.

This world is related to The Way
Just as rivers are to the seas.


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