||That (which is) at rest is easy to hold.|
(which has) not yet omened is easy to plot for.
||That (which is) fragile is easily broken (into
That (which is) minute is easily
||Act on it before (things) happen.|
(well) before disturbances (arise).
||Trees that can barely be encircled with
outstretched arms grow from (the size of a) small
multi-storey platform starts from accumulated
||(Climbing) a height of hundred meters begins
from under (your) foot.|
who acts (deliberately will) spoil things.|
He who grasps things
(will) lose it.
||This is why the sage (always) let
go (and) so (he is) not spoiling
Not grasping, so (he has) no loss.
||People's spoiling things, |
when things are close to success and then (they) spoil
careful at the end as if at the beginning,|
then (they will) not
be spoiling things.
||This is why the sage desires no desire,|
not value goods difficult to get.
||(And) learns not to learn,|
(so that he can)
restore what the multitudes have exceeded.
||This is why (he) can assist all things (to be)
natural and not daring to act.|