The 48th Verse of the Tao

This translation is provided by Jane English & Gia-fu Feng.

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.

When I read this verse, I think, there’s always something to do.  We fill our days with busy work.  Do it long enough and you can’t sit still by yourself.  When you let everything go, things start to happen.  You start to notice things that were always there.

Strip everything away and that’s your true life.  The rivers and the tides do not exert effort, but flow in freely.  I like this freedom.

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