Translation: Tao Te King – Chapter 35. Virtue of benevolence

Chapter 35. Virtue of benevolence

Take the great ideal of the Tao and the whole world joins with you.

A vector drawing of a statue of Laozi
CC-BY-SA 3.0 by artist Elijahmeek

It joins with you and is not offended for it gets to rest in mysterious peace.¹

Where there is celebrating, the traveling man stops.

But the Tao is bland and tasteless to the palate.

While watching it the eyes do not enjoy.

While listening to it the ear is not attached to it.

But in practice its benefit is endless.²

  1. Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (KJV)
  2. Mr. Ervast: “The force of all life and action is godliness that cannot be sensed.”

Own translation from 1925 Finnish translation by Pekka Ervast (ISBN 951-8995-01-X) with kind permission of Ruusu-Ristin Kirjallisuusseura ry.

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