Friday, September 18, 2009

Nature of the Tao

Tao gives life to all beings.
Nature nourishes them.
Fellow creatures shape them.
Circumstances complete them.

Everything in existence respects Tao
and honors nature-
not by decree, but spontaneously.

Tao gives life to all beings.
Nature watches over them,
develops them,
nurses them,
grows them,
ripens them,
completes them,.
buries them,
and returns them.

Giving birth,
nourishing life,
shaping things without possessing them,
serving without the expectation of reward,
leading without dominating:
These are the profound virtues of nature,
and of nature's best things.

#51 from The Tao de Ching of Lao Tzu

1 comment:

  1. When you think, it is not reflection. You do many things. The fact becomes more fictitious. You shroud it, you colour it, you decorate it, you interpret it, you clothe it, and it is no more the same thing. It becomes something totally new -- it becomes an invention.