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.


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.
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.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.