The Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and they come, things disappear and they go.
Having but not possessing, acting but not expecting.
When the work is done, it is forgotten, that is why it lasts forever.

The Master leads by emptying people's minds and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition and toughening their resolve.
They must lose everything they know, everything they desire,
and be confused by what they think they know.
Practice not-doing, and everything will fall into place.

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets intuition lead wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed the self of concepts and keeps the mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people and doesn't reject anyone.
Ready to use all situations and doesn't waste anything.

What is rooted is easy to nourish. What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break. What is small is easy to scatter.
Prevent trouble before it arises. Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action by letting things take their course.
Remaining as calm at the end as at the beginning.
possessing nothing, thus there is nothing to lose.

What is desired is non-desire, what is learned is to unlearn.
Simply reminding people of who they have always been.
Caring about nothing but the the eternal, thus caring for all things.