Thursday, October 17, 2019


The heavy is the root of light.
Stillness is the ruler of agitation.

That is why the wise journey all day,
   but never stray from their supply carts.
They may have glorious views,
   but they pass them over
   and settle themselves comfortably instead.

How can the lords of ten thousand chariots
carry themselves lightly through the world?
   If they are light, they lose their roots.
   If they are agitated, they lose rulership.

Translated by Deng Ming Dao
Published in Each Journey Begins with a Single Step – The Taoist Book of Life

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