January 20th, 2013

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Carrying body and soul and embracing the one,
Can you avoid separation?
Attending fully and becoming supple,
Can you be as a newborn babe?
Washing and cleansing the primal vision,
Can you be without stain?
Loving all men and ruling the country,
Can you be without cleverness?
Opening and closing the gates of heaven,
Can you play the role of woman?
Understanding and being open to all things,
Are you able to do nothing?
Giving birth and nourishing,
Bearing yet not possessing,
Working yet not taking credit,
Leading yet not dominating,
This is the Primal Virtue.
Can you hold on to your ego
and still stay focused on Tao?

Can you relax your mind and body
and brace yourself for a new life?

Can you check yourself
and see past
what's in front of your eyes?

Can you be a leader
and not try to prove you're in charge?

Can you deal with what's happening
and let it happen?

Can you forget what you know
and understand what's real?

Start a job and see it through.
Have things
without holding on to them.
Do the job
without expectation of reward.
Lead people
without giving orders.
That's the way you do it.

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

Chapter 10

10.1 Carrying vitality and consciousness, embracing them as one, can you keep from parting?
10.2 Concentrating energy, making it supple, can you be like an infant?
10.3 Purifying hidden perception, can you make it flawless?
10.4 Loving the people, governing the nation, can you be uncontrived?
10.5 As the gate of heaven opens and closes, can you be impassive?
10.6 As understanding reaches everywhere, can you be innocent?
10.7 Producing and developing, producing without possessing, growing without domineering: this is called mysterious power.

Tao Teh Ching - Thomas Cleary Translation