The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 51



The way creates it, the righteousness cultivates (the way).
Matter shapes it, conditions complete it.
Truly, because in all the universe no one dishonours the way,
Or not hold virtue precious, the way is honoured.
Nor does anyone esteem virtue less than life itself
Because virtue accords with reality. It is created by the way.
Virtue cultivates it, develops it, and nourishes it.
It shelters it, heals it, supports it, and overflows (its boundaries).
Kinetic, not static; active and independent;
Ruling without government; truly (we say) this virtue is subtle.




1 process born it virtue raise it
2 matter shape it conditions complete it
3 yes because 10,000 thing there is none who not honour process
4 virtue and process honour each other
5 virtue it precious man there is none who it life
6 and always self correct reason process born it
7 virtue raise it always it nourish it
8 pavilion it cover it keep it overflow it
9 born and not be act and not rely upon
10 always and not rule truly speak of mysterious virtue