The primal eternal Tao is an unnameable
Though small, there is nothing under all of
heaven that can subjugate it.
If a leader abides by it, all beings are
naturally drawn to him.
Heaven and earth come together in harmony
and sweet rain falls everywhere.
People cooperate voluntarily, without
When this simplicity is divided, every thing
and not-thing needs a name.
Once there are names, the process of distinction should stop.
To know when to stop is to be free from danger.
Tao in the world is like streams flowing into the sea.”