Thirty-Four

The floating tao is everywhere.

It flows both high and low.

Everything is born from it,

yet it is beyond birth or death.


It nourishes infinite worlds.

yet it is not interested in control or power.

It nourishes everyone,

yet expects nothing in return.

It accomplishes great wonders,

but it does not claim any ownership

whatsoever.


Being without wants and desires,

it can be considered humble.

Shapeless, formless;

it lies dormant within men's hearts.


Succeeding,

without striving.

Prevailing,

without victory.

Overcoming,

without triumph.