Friday, March 11, 2016

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 37

Daodejing by Laozi
Chapter 37

"The Way takes no action, but leaves nothing undone.
When you accept this
The world will flourish,
In harmony with nature.
Nature does not possess desire;
Without desire, the heart becomes quiet;
In this manner the whole world is made tranquil."
-  Interpolated by Peter Merel, 1992, Chapter 37 

"Tao always remains in no artificial action,
And yet nothing is left undone.
Should kings and lords follow Tao,
Ten Thousand Things would naturally mutate.
Should desires arise in their mutation,
I would be ready to pacify them with the uncarved block with no name.
Should they become the uncarved block with no name.
They would become desireless.
Should kings and loads pacify them with desirelessness,
The universe would spontaneously be one with peace.
Here the famous phrase, “Tao remains in no action and yet nothing is left undone.” "
-  Translated by Eichi Shimomisse, 1998, Chapter 37  

"The Dao never does; it takes no action.
Through it everything is done, yet there's nothing left undone.
If good kings and barons would master some fit Dao and keep it,
all things in the world should transform spontaneously.
When reformed and rising to action,
let all influenced be restrained by the blankness of the unnamed,
the nameless pristine simplicity.
Yes, if after being transformed they should desire to act,
someone has to restrain them with simplicity that has no name.
Its an unnamed blankness; it could bring dispassion;
As such nameless pristine simplicity is stripped of desire.
So to be truly, artfully dispassionate, be free of desires and still.
Simple wit and sense is free of desires.
By stripping of desire true rest is achieved almost of itself,
the whole empire will be at rest of its own accord.
And next the world could get at peace of its own accord."
-  Translated by Byrn Tromod, 1997, Chapter 37  

道常無為, 而無不為. 
侯王若能守之, 萬物將自化. 
化而欲作, 吾將鎮之以無名之樸. 
無名之樸, 夫亦將無欲. 
不欲以靜, 天下將自定. 
-  Chinese characters, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 37

dao chang wu wei, er wu bu wei.
hou wang ruo neng shou zhi, wan wu jiang zi hua.
hua er yu zuo, wu jiang zhen zhi yi wu ming zhi pu.
wu ming zhi pu, fu yi jiang bu yu.
bu yu yi jing, tian xia jiang zi ding.
-  Pinyin Romanization, Daodejing, Chapter 37 

"The Tao eternally non-acts, and so 
It does nothing and yet there is nothing left to do; 
If prince or king could keep it, all would change 
Of their own accord with a transformation strange. 
And so transformed, should desire to change again still come to be, 
I would quiet such desire by the Nameless One' s simplicity, 
But the Nameless One' s simplicity is free from all desire, 
So tranquilly, of their own accord, all things would still transpire." 
-  Translated by Isaac Winter Heysinger, 1903, Chapter 37 
"Way-making is really nameless. Were the nobles and kings able to respect this, All things would be able to develop along their own lines. Having developed along their own lines, were they to desire to depart from this, I would realign them With a nameless scarp of unworked wood. Realigned with this nameless scrap of unworked wood, They would leave off desiring. Is not desiring, they would achieve equilibrium, And all the world would be properly ordered of its own accord." -  Translated by Roger T. Ames and Donald L. Hall, 2003, Chapter 37  "El dao, permanente, no tiene nombre; si los señores y reyes pudieran conservarlo, todos los seres se transformarían por sí solos. Si al transformarse apareciera en ellos el deseo de levantar la cabeza, yo los refrenaría con el trozo de madera sin nombre. Refrenados mediante el trozo de madera sin nombre, no se sentirán ofendidos. Al no existir ofensas surgiría la tranquilidad, y el cielo y la tierra se ordenarían espontáneamente."  -  Translated by Juan Ignacio Preciado, 1978, Capítulo #37 "The Way is constantly in non-action, But it leaves nothing undone. If dukes and kings can keep to it, All things will be transformed by themselves. But, in transforming, desires arise. I will subdue them by the nameless simplicity; With nameless simplicity, There will be no desires. Being desireless is to be tranquil. All the world will become calm by itself." - Translated by Yi Wu, Chapter 37
"Tao never does anything,
And everything gets done.
If rulers can keep to it,
The ten thousand things will changes of themselves.
Changed, things may start to stir.
Quiet them with the namelessly simple,
Which alone will bring no-desire.
No-desire: then there is peace,
And beneath-heaven will settle down of itself."
-  Translated by  Herrymoon Maurer, 1985, Chapter 37

A typical webpage created by Mike Garofalo for each one of the 81 Chapters (Verses, Sections) of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) by Lao Tzu (Laozi) includes over 25 different English language translations or interpolations for that Chapter, 5 Spanish language translations for that Chapter, the Chinese characters for that Chapter, the Wade-Giles and Hanyu Pinyin transliterations (Romanization) of the Mandarin Chinese words for that Chapter, and 2 German and 1 French translation of that Chapter.  Each webpage for each one of the 81 Chapters of the Tao Te Ching includes extensive indexing by key words, phrases, and terms for that Chapter in English, Spanish, and the Wade-Giles Romanization.  Each webpage on a Chapter of the Daodejing includes recommended reading in books and websites, a detailed bibliography, some commentary, research leads, translation sources, a Google Translate drop down menu, and other resources for that Chapter.   
Chapter 37, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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