May 21st, 2011


One anxious for knowledge adds more to self every minute;
A person acquiring life loses self in it,
Has less and less to bear in mind,
Less and less to do,
Because life, one finds, is well inclined,
Including oneself too.
Often someone sways the world like a wind
But not by deed;
And if there appear to you to be need
Of motion to sway it, it has left you behind.

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)


In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.

Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.
we try to learn something new every day.

But if we want to get right with Tao,
we have to let go of something every day.

We do less and less,
until we end up doing nothing.
And it's when we do nothing
that we get the job done.

Let events take their course,
and everything will turn out
in your favor.
If you act on your ambitions,
they will never pan out.

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