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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Rain Does Not Last

Use words sparingly,
then all things will fall into place.
A whirlwind does not last a whole morning.
A downpour of rain does not last a whole day.
And who works these?
Heaven and Earth.
What Heaven and Earth cannot do enduringly:
how much less can man do it?

(From the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu)

And yes, the sun came out today...


Loren said...

A comment made by the instructor at our day-long Tai Chi seminar made me think it is about time that I read the Tao Te Ching again.

The Solitary Walker said...

It's one of the great texts, isn't it? Tho' this quote comes from the old, classic Wilhelm ed. try Snyder's favourite translation by Addiss & Lombardo from Hackett Publishing of Indianapolis.