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The Power of Inaction In Action

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I was struck the other day by this verse in the Tao Te Ching. It is very powerful in its simplicity and shows that there is Action in Inaction.

Tao Te Ching
by Lao-tzu
James Legge, Translator
(Sacred Books of the East, Vol 39) [1891]

A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons of
war may be used with crafty dexterity; (but) the kingdom is made one’s
own (only) by freedom from action and purpose.

How do I know that it is so? By these facts:–In the kingdom the
multiplication of prohibitive enactments increases the poverty of the
people; the more implements to add to their profit that the people
have, the greater disorder is there in the state and clan; the more
acts of crafty dexterity that men possess, the more do strange
contrivances appear; the more display there is of legislation, the
more thieves and robbers there are.

Therefore a sage has said, ‘I will do nothing (of purpose), and the
people will be transformed of themselves; I will be fond of keeping
still, and the people will of themselves become correct. I will take
no trouble about it, and the people will of themselves become rich; I
will manifest no ambition, and the people will of themselves attain to
the primitive simplicity.’

 

 Here is a more modern interpolation by Peter Merel.

 

57. Conquer with Inaction

Do not control the people with laws,
Nor violence nor espionage,
But conquer them with inaction.

For:
The more morals and taboos there are,
The more cruelty afflicts people;
The more guns and knives there are,
The more factions divide people;
The more arts and skills there are,
The more change obsoletes people;
The more laws and taxes there are,
The more theft corrupts people.

Yet take no action, and the people nurture each other;
Make no laws, and the people deal fairly with each other;
Own no interest, and the people cooperate with each other;
Express no desire, and the people harmonize with each other.

 

Let’s look at the last 4 lines for a moment.

‘I will do nothing (of purpose), and the people will be transformed of themselves;
I will be fond of keeping still, and the people will of themselves become correct.
I will take no trouble about it, and the people will of themselves become rich;
I will manifest no ambition, and the people will of themselves attain to the primitive simplicity.’

Yet take no action, and the people nurture each other;
Make no laws, and the people deal fairly with each other;
Own no interest, and the people cooperate with each other;
Express no desire, and the people harmonize with each other.

When there is nothing to interfer with natural development, people grow into the fullness of the image of the source of creation – they transform themselves;

Where there are no laws made by man, natural universal laws guide how people interact with one another honestly, fairly, and uprightly;

When you practice the Law of Detachment, by not imposing your own ideas (taking no trouble) or forcing a solution (own no interest), the universal Law of Reciprocity is allowed to function fully. People helping and serving each other with their own unique skills and talents – everyone filling a need and a purpose – rich can be defined many ways. Monetary is a natural result. But the bigger riches comes in the satisfaction and contentment of just helping another person. There is no greater joy!

The result is harmony among all. Where all recognize that in the simple things there is profoundness. Inner peace and happiness doesn’t come from what one has accumulated or accomplished, but from how one has changed the life of another through simple little actions.

The way to Peace is not loud, it is not a wide road; it is a quiet, simple, meandering path called Life’s Journey.

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Author: Antonia

A light shining in the dark. Seeking all things spiritual. Everything is ONE.

One thought on “The Power of Inaction In Action

  1. “The way to Peace is not loud, it is not a wide road; it is a quiet, simple, meandering path called Life’s Journey.” Very well stated. 🙂

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