Tao 32

Tao is eternally unnamable.
The edges of its intricacies can merely be sensed.
No one can claim full understanding.

Live in accordance with it and the affects of your influence will also be aligned.
Heaven and earth united;
Empathy increased.
The need for fabricated law diminished,
An organic equitable balance takes its place.

To divide the whole is to differentiate; to assign names.
Naming begets naming; the evolution of knowledge.
It is wise to know when to break from naming
In order to avoid the pitfalls of myopia.
Refocus, and again look for the whole.

In the world, Tao is a river that goes as it does;
Always finding its way to the sea.


All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you are so inclined, an updated version of our translation is available as an e-book, here.

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