Tao Te Ching – Verse 50 – The Master gives himself up to whatever the moment brings

50
The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.

 

He doesn’t think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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Coming into life, entering death
The followers of life, three in ten
The followers of death, three in ten
Those whose lives are moved toward death
Also three in ten
Why? Because they live lives of excess

I’ve heard of those who are good at cultivating life
Traveling on the road, they do not encounter rhinos or tigers
Entering into an army, they are not harmed by weapons
Rhinos have nowhere to thrust their horns
Tigers have nowhere to clasp their claws
Soldiers have nowhere to lodge their blades
Why? Because they have no place for death

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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When there is nothing to gain, there is nothing to lose.
The secret: Nothing is Something, Special and Indefinable.

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

 

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