Tao 64

Apologies for repeating the image, but the blog template butchered the formatting. Behold:

It’s easy to cultivate what is rooted,
Easy to plan for the future,
It’s easy to break what is brittle,
Easy to scatter things strong and little.

Prevent trouble before it requires action,
Straighten things before the disorder sets in.
If you must act, you’ve acted too late.

Even the mighty Redwoods were once saplings,
Skyscrapers were but geological substrate,
The longest journey still begins with a single step.

Act and interfere.
Cling and lose.
Not acting, the Sage makes no mistakes.
Not clinging, the Sage maintain clarity.

Failure usually strikes on the cusp of success.
So stay true through to the bitter end.

This is why the Sage
seeks to not want,
cares not for spoils,
learns to unlearn,
looks over what is overlooked.
Because the Sage cares for nothing but the Tao,
They care of all things.

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.

2 Responses to “Tao 64”
  1. Metta says:

    For some reason, the like button and logging in are broken (so no reblogging for the nonce), but I do indeed like this, both image and language.

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