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The Tao Abides in Non-Action by Lao Tzu


"The Tao Abides in Non-Action" is a poem written by Lao Tazu. Lao Tzu was one of the main teachers of Taoism. In this poem, he speaks of how peace would be without desire and without form. He states that non-action is the way we can make this happen through things happening naturally.

The poem consists of only one stanza with nine lines of no particular meter length or rhyme structure (at least, not in the translation).


The Tao Abides in Non-Action

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
If kings and lords observed this,
The ten thousand things would develop naturally.
If they still desired to act,
They would return to the simplicity of formless substance.
Without form there is no desire.
Without desire there is tranquillity.
In this way all things would be at peace.

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