Tao Te Ching Chapter 29

1.

There are those who will conquer the world
And make of it (what they conceive or desire).
I see that they will not succeed.

(For) the world is God’s own Vessel
It cannot be made (by human interference).
He who makes it spoils it.
He who holds it loses it.

For:  Some things go forward,
Some things follow behind;

some blow hot, and some blow cold; 

Some are strong, and some are weak;

Some may break, and some may fall.

Hence the Sage eschews excess, eschews extravagance,
Eschews pride.

Lin Yu Tang

2.

Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.

The universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.

So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes they are behind;

Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily;

Sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness;

Sometimes one is up and sometimes down.

Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, and complacency.

Jane English and Gia-fu Feng

Let it be.

The universe, the world we live in, the experience we have here – it is all whole, and holy. Fuss with it, fuss about it – and you screw it up. Let it be what it is, and be with it, and do not hold yourself above it, or below it, or apart from it.

 Sometimes you are ahead and sometimes behind.

Sometimes you are up, and sometimes down.
Sometimes breathing is hard, sometimes it comes easily.
Sometimes you are strong and sometimes weak.

Do you think you can improve on this? You can not.

It is what it is.
Things just are.
Let it all be what it is, and be with it,
and do not hold yourself above it, or below it, or apart from it.

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