Friday, September 14, 2012

51: Principle and Process

For those who follow the Way everything is a process, including a project. A process emerges, it develops and eventually it decays and dies. This process is known as the single principle.

The Tao
Lao Tzu tells us:

All things arise from the Tao.
They are nourished by virtue.
They are formed from matter.
They are shaped by the environment.
Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honour virtue.
Respect of Tao and honour of virtue are not demanded,
But they are in the nature of things.
Therefore all things arise from Tao.
By virtue they are nourished,
Developed, cared for,
Sheltered, comforted,
Grown and protected.
Creating without claiming,
Doing without taking credit,
Guiding without interfering,
This is primal virtue.

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