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Chapter 30 – Just do what needs to be done, and then stop.

Those who wish to use Tao to influence others don’t rely on force or weapons or military strategies. Force rebounds. Weapons turn on their wielders. Battles are inevitably followed by famines. Just do what needs to be done, and then stop. Attain your purpose, but don’t press your advantage. Be resolute, but don’t boast. Succeed, but don’t crow. Accomplish, but don’t...

Chapter 22 – Allow yourself to yield, and you can stay centered

Allow yourself to yield, and you can stay centered. Allow yourself to bend, and you will stay straight. Allow yourself to be empty, and you’ll get filled up. Allow yourself to be exhausted, and you’ll be renewed. Having little, you can receive much. Having much, you’ll just become confused. Therefore the sage embraces the oneness and becomes a pattern for the whole world. She doesn’t display...

Chapter 09 – Filling to fullness is not as good as stopping at the right moment

Filling to fullness is not as good as stopping at the right moment. Oversharpening a blade causes its edge to be lost. Line your home with treasures and you won’t be able to defend it. Amass possessions, establish positions, display your pride: Soon enough disaster drives you to your knees. This is the way of heaven: do your work, then quietly step back. Support Author: Brian Browne Walker Get...

Chapter 77 – The way of heaven is like the bending of a bow.

The way of heaven is like the bending of a bow. What is high up gets pulled down. What is low down gets pulled up. Heaven takes from what has too much and gives to what doesn’t have enough. Man is different: he takes from those who have too little and gives to those who have too much. Who has a genuine abundance to give to the world? Only a person of Tao. He acts without expectation, accomplishes without...

Chapter 59 – In governing people and serving heaven, there is nothing better than moderation

In governing people and serving heaven, there is nothing better than moderation. To be moderate is to follow Tao without straying. To follow Tao without straying is to become filled with good energy. To be filled with good energy is to overcome all things. To overcome all things is to know that all things are possible. She who knows that all things are possible is fit to govern people. Because she is one with the...

Chapter 37 – Eternal Tao doesn’t do anything, yet it leaves nothing undone

Eternal Tao doesn’t do anything, yet it leaves nothing undone. If you abide by it, everything in existence will transform itself. When, in the process of self-transformation, desires are aroused, calm them with nameless simplicity. When desires are dissolved in the primal presence, peace and harmony naturally occur, and the world orders itself. Support Author: Brian Browne Walker Get your copy of this...

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