Tao 55

Embrace Te just as a new born baby does.

A baby at the sovereign’s court is not:
Stung by poisonous rumours and treachery,
Pounced on by ambitious rivals,
Or attacked by predatory Princes.

Weak arms and soft muscle seem to make the baby vulnerable
But is the baby wrapped around fingers
Or are fingers caught in the baby’s grasp?
Without an understanding of intentions or outcomes
The unselfconscious vitality of a complete character shapes the world
Without screaming hoarse,
In perfect harmony.

Knowing harmony is to hear the constant.
To know the constant is called illumination.
To tinker and add to vitality spoils the unselfconsciousness
To force the mind’s control over life is to indulge in a power that ends in violence.

Nothing lasting goes against Tao
Better to be like a baby, shaping outcomes in harmony with Tao
Lasting so long as they speak for themselves.


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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