Tao Te Ching, Chapter 29

Twenty-Nine

Do you think that you can take the world in hand and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.

The world is Tao’s own vessel.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.

So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes they are behind;
Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily;
Sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness;
Sometimes one is up and sometimes down.

Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, arrogance.

[Adapted from
TAO TE CHING by LAO TSU
Translation by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English

Available online at The Daily-Tao]

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