Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 32







The Tao is always nameless.
Though in its simple and primordial state, it may be small,
But no one in the world can conquer it,
If a feudal prince or the king could guard and hold it, all would spontaneously submit themselves to it.

Heaven and Earth (under its guidance) unite together and send down the sweet dew, which, without the directions of men, reaches equally everywhere as of its own accord.

As soon as the system is established, there are names.
Once the names (positions) appear, men need to stop before going too far.
They can be free from all risk of failure and error when they know to stop.
Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea.

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The relation of the Tao to the world is like that of the rivers and seas to the streams from the valleys.

In this chapter, through the no-name, simple, and small property of Tao, it does not contend with the world, so that the ruler can uphold the nature of the Tao, and then apply it to daily life, where all things will submit.

When the Yin and Yang of heaven and earth meet, the dew will come down evenly without the orders of the king.

When we start to have the system, the names appear, thereby fame and fortune follow, and it is up to us to know where to stop. Only then we will be free from dangers. For example, “Tao” has all things, and does not expect anything in return; it is like the water of valley, flows into the sea, and never expect anything back.

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