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Tao Te Ching – Chapter Ten

Tao Te Ching Chapter Ten

Nurturing your body and your souls and embracing the One,
can you avoid separation?
Can you focus your energy and let your body relax,
become supple like a newborn baby?
Can you cleanse your inner vision and be without stain,
and not throw out the Tao with it?
Can you do these things without self-interest,
so your emptiness glows from the depths?

Tao Te Ching Chapter Ten

Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you influence the most vital matters
by moments of doing nothing?
Can you step back from your own mind
and be fully open and present to all things?

Giving birth and letting it go,
having without possessing,
acting without wanting reward,
knowing without flaunting it,
leading yet not dominating.

This is the supreme virtue.
Stepping aside,
so the Tao may shape what is.

Note: This rendering of Tao Te Ching, Chapter 10 by Fritz Loest, done with a view of the translations by Stephen Mitchell, Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, and, Martin Palmer and Jay Ramsay.

Complement this piece with an original rendering of the Tao Te Ching Chapter 1.