||The Dao in its regular course does nothing (for the sake of
doing it), and so there is nothing which it does not
|Reason always practises non-assertion, and there is nothing that remains undone.
||Tao is apparently inactive (wu wei) and yet nothing remains undone. If princes
and kings desire to keep) everything in order, they
must first reform themselves. (If princes and kings
would follow the example of Dao, then all things will
If princes and kings were able to maintain it, all things would of themselves
be transformed by them. If this transformation
became to me an object of desire, I would express
the desire by the nameless simplicity.
If princes and kings could keep Reason, the ten thousand creatures would of
themselves be reformed. While being reformed they
might yet be anxious to stir; but I would restrain
them by the simplicity of the Ineffable.
| If they still desire to change, I would pacify them by the simplicity of the
||Simplicity without a name
Is free from all external aim.
With no desire, at rest and still,
All things go right as of their will.
|"The simplicity of the unexpressed
Will purify the heart of lust.
Is there no lust there will be rest,
And all the world will thus be blest."
|This simplicity will end desire, and if desire be absent there is quietness.
All people will of themselves be satisfied.