Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dao De Jing, Laozi, Chapter 48

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Chapter 48

"Act academic, daily gain
Act tao, daily lose.
Losing, again lose
It happens, reaching relating to the absence of acting
Absence of acting yet absence of being without acting.
Grabbing the world, an entire absence of effort happens
Liking entirely the presence of effort
Is insufficient to precede grabbing the world."
-   Translated by David Lindauer, Chapter 48 

"The student of knowledge acquires day by day.
The student of Tao loses day by day.
Less and less, until nothing is done.
Do nothing, and everything is done.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering."
-   Translated by Ned Ludd, Chapter 48
"In the pursuit of learning,
every day something is added.
In the pursuit of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less is done
until you come to action with striving.
When you follow this practice,
nothing remains undone.
All under heaven is won by
letting things take their course.
Nothing can be gained by interfering."
-   Translated by Tolbert McCarroll, Chapter 48  

"One who seeks knowledge learns something new every day.
One who seeks the Tao unlearns something new every day.
Less and less remains until you arrive at non-action.
When you arrive at non-action,
nothing will be left undone.
Mastery of the world is achieved
by letting things take their natural course.
You can not master the world by changing the natural way."
-   Translated by John H. McDonald, Chapter 48

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