Friday, November 13, 2015

Inpsired by Tao Te Ching - Chapter 51



My translation of chapter 51 of Tao Te Ching:

Tao gives birth to everything
Morality nurtures everything
Physical form gives expression to everything
Nature brings about changes without human intervention
That's why everything honors Tao and values morality
To honor Tao and to value morality
follow the path of nature

Tao breeds and morality nurtures
are the natural orders of things....
Let things grow or make things happen
Let things stand or poison things with push
Let things be nurtured or topple things with action

Therefore a sage nurtures things without taking credit
perform without being recognized
deliver results without boosting
this is called profound morality of Tao

Paul's comment: The Taoist way of the sage is based on the Taoist understanding of nature.

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