the cycle of destiny

Tao Te Ching — Chapter 16


ATTAIN THE HIGHEST OPENNESS;
MAINTAIN THE DEEPEST HARMONY.
BECOME A PART OF ALL THINGS;
IN THIS WAY, I PERCEIVE THE CYCLES.
INDEED, THINGS ARE NUMEROUS;
BUT EACH CYCLE MERGES WITH THE SOURCE.
MERGING WITH THE SOURCE IS CALLED HARMONIZING;
THIS IS KNOWN AS THE CYCLE OF DESTINY.
THE CYCLE OF DESTINY IS CALLED THE ABSOLUTE;
KNOWING THE ABSOLUTE IS CALLED INSIGHT.
TO NOT KNOW THE ABSOLUTE
IS TO RECKLESSLY BECOME A PART OF MISFORTUNE.
TO KNOW THE ABSOLUTE IS TO BE TOLERANT.
WHAT IS TOLERANT BECOMES IMPARTIAL;
WHAT IS IMPARTIAL BECOMES POWERFUL;
WHAT IS POWERFUL BECOMES NATURAL;
WHAT IS NATURAL BECOMES TAO.
WHAT HAS TAO BECOMES EVERLASTING AND FREE FROM
HARM THROUGHOUT LIFE.

translated by — R. L. WING

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