34 – The Great Ocean of Tao

cc image by Lana on Flickr

cc image by Lana on Flickr

The Great Tao is like the ocean –
It flows in all directions.

It gives life to the Ten Thousand Things,
yet does not claim authority.

When work is done,
it claims no credit.
It clothes the Ten Thousand Things,
yet does not want to be its leader.

Eternally desireless,
it is considered insignificant.
The Ten Thousand Things call it home,
but do not make it their master.

It can be called great
because it does not strive to be great.
Thus, it achieves the path of greatness.

 

Read the essay on Chapter 34

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