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In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true. In ruling, be just. In daily life, be competent. In action, be aware of the time and the season.
Tao invariably takes no action, and yet there is nothing left undone. Reversion is the action of Tao. Weakness is the function of Tao. All things in the world come from being. And being comes from non-being.
Act non-action; undertake no undertaking; taste the tasteless.
The pursuit of learning is to increase day after day.
The pursuit of Tao is to decrease day after day.
It is to decrease and further decrease until one reaches the point of taking no action.
No action is undertaken, and yet nothing is left undone.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world. Non-being penetrates that in which there is no space. Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.
One may know the world without going out of doors. One may see the Way of Heaven without looking through the windows. The further one goes, the less one knows. Therefore the sage knows without going about, Understands without seeing, And accomplishes without any action.
Front and back follow each other.
Therefore the sage manages affairs without action
And spreads doctrines without words.
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