The Dao abides in non-action but there is nothing it does not do. When the leaders abide, The myriad of things transform by itself; Transformed yet desire to act, I lead the community by not naming the simplicity of things; Without naming the simplicity of things, thus lead to no desire; Without desire, with tranquility, The world correct by itself.
——-The above is chapter 37 of Lao Tzu’s Book of the Way (Dao Je Jing) quoted from the Wikipedia Opensource project Wikisource.org. Further extracts are quoted below from the same source. In Part One and Part Two we set the scene for the Lao Tzu’s approach to life and how to live it using the Dao (The Way). It’s a method which seems alien to the west in our so-called modern age. Perhaps the great thoughts of the world simply cycle round from age to age? One of Lao Tzu’s principle tenets is the noble art of ‘not-doing’, a concept very difficult for the western mind to grasp.
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