February 13th, 2013

goban
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34

The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right.
The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back.
It fulfills its purpose silently and makes no claim.
It nourishes the ten thousand things,
And yet is not their lord.
It has no aim; it is very small.
The ten thousand things return to it,
Yet it is not their lord.
It is very great.

It does not show greatness,
And is therefore truly great.
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Tao flows in all directions.
It's in everything,
but nothing can contain it.
Everything needs Tao,
so Tao provides,
and never expects anything in return.

Everything comes from Tao,
but Tao doesn't call attention to itself.
It wants for nothing.
Think nothing of it.

Everything leads to Tao,
but Tao doesn't call attention to itself.
Pretty impressive, huh?

It doesn't strive for success.
That's why it succeeds.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 34

34.1 The Great Way is universal; it can apply to the left or the right.

34.2 All beings depend on it for life, and it does not refuse. Its accomplishments fulfilled, it does not dwell on them. It lovingly nurtures all beings, but does not act as their ruler.

34.3 As it has no desire, it can be called small.

34.4 All beings take to it, yet it does not act as their ruler, it can be called great.

34.5 Therefore sages never contrive greatness; that is why they can become so great.

Thomas Cleary translation - The Tao Te Ching