Dao De Jing 10
Can your bodily soul embrace unity
& not depart from it?
Can you give full attention to the pliant breath
like a newborn child?
Can you purify your deep perception
until it has no flaw?
Can you care for the people & the nation
without exerting control?
Can you open & close the gate of heaven
as a woman would?
Can your understanding reach with clarity to all four corners
without the need for cunning?
caring for them without possession,
acting without presumption,
leading but not dominating,
this is what is meant by the deep morality.
Translation by John Hayes
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