Tao Te Ching – Verse 34 – The great Tao flows everywhere

34
The great Tao flows everywhere.
All things are born from it,
yet it doesn’t create them.
It pours itself into its work,
yet it makes no claim.

It nourishes infinite worlds,
yet it doesn’t hold on to them.
Since it is merged with all things
and hidden in their hearts,
it can be called humble.
Since all things vanish into it
and it alone endures,
it can be called great.
It isn’t aware of its greatness;
thus it is truly great.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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The great Tao is like a flood
It can flow to the left or to the right

The myriad things depend on it for life, but it never stops
It achieves its work, but does not take credit
It clothes and feeds myriad things, but does not rule over them

Ever desiring nothing
It can be named insignificant
Myriad things return to it but it does not rule over them
It can be named great

Even in the end, it does not regard itself as great
That is how it can achieve its greatness

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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At Root, every act
Is mandated by Nothingness.
Know this and live in the Heaven of Zero.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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