June 26th, 2010

Chapter 43

The meekest in the world
Penetrates the strongest in the world,
As nothingness enters into that-which-has-no-opening.
Hence I am aware of the value of non-action,
And of the value of teaching with no words.
As for the value of non-action,
Nothing in the world can match it.

                 Translated by Chang Chung-yuan, 1975.
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43

The softest thing in the universe
Overcomes the hardest thing in the universe.
That without substance can enter where there is no room.
Hence I know the value of non-action.

Teaching without words and work without doing
Are understood by very few.
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The softest force in the universe
can overcome the hardest of objects.
Something without substance
can pass through the space between atoms.

That's how I know
about the power of doing nothing.

The silent teachings
and the power of doing nothing
can only be understood
by a few people.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.