accomplish your ends by yielding

kawai gyokudō

 

A great country is like

a low-lying land into which many

streams flow. It draws powerful energies

to it as a receptive woman draws

an eager man.

 

The feminine can always

conquer the masculine by yielding

and taking the lower position. In this way

she becomes as low-lying land:

in time, everything comes

her way.

 

Therefore a great country

can win over a small country by practicing

humility. A small country can also win over

a great country by practicing

humility.

 

One wins by

willingly taking the lower

position. The other wins by

willingly acknowledging

its lower position.

 

The great country

wants to embrace and nourish

more people.The small country wants

to ably serve its benefactor. Both

accomplish their ends

by yielding.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 61

 

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agitated effort is not necessary

oneness

 

If you go

searching for the Great Creator,

you will come back empty-handed.

The source of the universe is ultimately

unknowable, a great invisible river

flowing forever through a vast

and fertile valley. Silent and

uncreated, it creates

all things.

 

All things

are brought forth from  the

 subtle realm into the manifest world

by the mystical intercourse of yin and yang.

The dynamic river yang pushes forward,

the still valley yin is receptive, and

through their integration things

come into existence. This is

known as the Great

Tai Chi.

 

Tai chi

is the integral truth

of the universe. Everything is

a tai chi: your body, the cosmic body,

form, appearance, wisdom, energy, the unions

of people, the dispersal of time and places.

Each brings itself into existence through

the integration of yin and yang,

maintains itself, and disperses

itself without the direction

of any creator.

 

Your creation,

your self-transformation, the

accumulation of energy and wisdom,

the decline and cessation of your body:

all these take place by themselves

within the subtle operation

of the universe.

 

Therefore

agitated effort is

not necessary. Just be

aware of the Great

Tai Chi.

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 39

 

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the oneness gives birth

 

Nonbeing gives

birth to the oneness.

The oneness gives birth to yin and

yang. Yin and yang give birth to heaven,

earth, and beings. Heaven, earth, and

beings give birth to everything

in existence.

 

Therefore everything

in existence carries within it both

yin and yang, and attains its harmony by

blending together these two

vital breaths.

 

Ordinary people

hate nothing more than to be

powerless, small, and unworthy.

Yet this is how superior people

describe themselves.

 

Gain is loss.

Loss is gain.

 

I repeat what others have said:

The strong and violent don’t die natural deaths.

This is the very essence of my teaching.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 42

 

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