March 2nd, 2013



All things arise from Tao.
They are nourished by Virtue.
They are formed from matter.
They are shaped by environment.
Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honor Virtue.
Respect of Tao and honor of Virtue are not demanded,
But they are in the nature of things.

Therefore all things arise from Tao.
By Virtue they are nourished,
Developed, cared for,
Sheltered, comforted,
Grown, and protected.
Creating without claiming,
Doing without taking credit,
Guiding without interfering,
This is Primal Virtue.
Tao is the source of all living things,
and they are nourished
by Tao's power.
They are influenced
by the other living things around them,
and they are shaped
by their circumstances.

Everything respects Tao
and honors its power.
That's just the way it is.

Tao gives life to all things,
and its power watches out for them,
cares for them, helps them grow,
protects them, and comforts them.

Create something
without holding on to it.
Do the work
without expecting credit for it.
Lead people
without giving them orders.
That's the secret of the power of Tao.

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

Chapter 51

51.1 The Way gives birth,
       virtue nurtures,
       things form,
       momentum completes.
       Therefore all beings honor the Way
       and value its Virtue.
51.2 The honor of the Way
       and the value of Virtue
       are not granted by anyone,
      but are always naturally so.
       So the Way gives birth and nurtures,
       makes grow and develops,
       completes and matures,
       builds up and breaks down.
51.3 It produces but does not possess;
       it acts without presumption,
       it fosters growth without ruling.
       This is called hidden Virtue.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation