not inhibited from acting

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Frankly speaking,

you simply must manage

to keep concentrating even in the midst

of clamor and tumult, acting as though there were not

a single thing happening, penetrating all the way through from

the heights to the depths. You must become perfectly complete,

without any shapes or forms at all, without wasting effort,

yet not inhibited from acting. Whether you speak

or stay silent, whether you get up

or lie down, it is never

anyone else.



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win the world by letting go

hidden treasure


Govern a nation

by following nature.

Fight a war with unexpected

moves. Win the world by

letting go.


How do I know this?

From seeing these things:

The more prohibitions there

are, the poorer people



The more

weapons there are,

the darker things



The more cunning

and cleverness there is,

the crazier things



The more laws there are,

the greater the number

of scoundrels.


Therefore the sage says:

I take no action, and people transform

themselves. I love tranquility, and people

naturally do what is right. I don’t interfere,

and people prosper on their own. I have

no desires, and people return

to simplicity.


Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 57


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the calm light from the spirit

nothing in particular


Do not

do anything (good or bad)

and do not even do this not-doing;

then straightaway one reaches that place where

there is no concern for external affairs, that

vast and peaceful place where there

are absolutely no obstructing




all thoughts of the past

are extinguished, all thoughts of

the future do not arise, and

all present thoughts

are void.



this void-ness is also not

to be maintained. This non-maintenance

(of the void) is also to be forgotten, and this forgetting

is also not to be legitimized; further, free your­self from this

non-legitimizing. At the time when even the idea of

getting free is not preserved, only the alert

yet calm light from the spirit will

appear prominently before



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