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The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).

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Daodejing I. 37.

Section Dao – Chapter XXXVII

Tao never does;
Yet through it all things are done.
If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it,
The ten thousand creatures would at once be transformed.
And if having been transformed they should desire to act,
We must restrain them by the blankness of the Unnamed.
The blankness of the Unnamed
Brings dispassion;
To be dispassionate is to be still.
And so, of itself, the whole empire will be at rest.

Waley 37

道是永恒的, 并处处表现出无为。
如果王侯能遵守这一自然规律, 万物都能按照自己的规律去运化。
运化的动力来自于欲望, 因而要用无名的质朴去调整, 使其欲望逐渐减少, 最后达到无欲。如果万物都能没有贪婪的欲望, 天下就能太平, 就能处于永恒的状态―静, 从而达到自定。


The way never acts, yet nothing is left undone.
Should lords and princes be able to hold fast to it,
The myriad creatures will be transformed of their own accord.
After they are transformed, should desire raise its head,
I shall press it down with the weight of the nameless uncarved block.
The nameless uncarved block
Is but freedom from desire,
And if I cease to desire and remain still,
The empire will be at peace of its own accord.

Lau 37

Le Tao pratique constamment le non-agir et (pourtant) il n'y a rien qu'il ne fasse.
Si les rois et les vassaux peuvent le conserver, tous les êtres se convertiront.
Si, une fois convertis, ils veulent encore se mettre en mouvement, je les contiendrai à l'aide de l'être simple qui n'a pas de nom (c'est-à-dire le Tao).
L'être simple qui n'a pas de nom, il ne faut pas même le désirer.
L'absence de désirs procure la quiétude.
Alors l'empire se rectifie de lui-même.

Julien 37

Der SINN ist ewig ohne Machen,
und nichts bleibt ungemacht.
Wenn Fürsten und Könige ihn zu wahren verstehen,
so werden alle Dinge sich von selber gestalten.
Gestalten sie sich und es erheben sich die Begierden,
so würde ich sie bannen durch namenlose Einfalt.
Namenlose Einfalt bewirkt Wunschlosigkeit.
Wunschlosigkeit macht still,
und die Welt wird von selber recht.

Wilhelm 37

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