Verse 65

Bid on NFT

The ancient ones were simple-hearted 
    and blended with the common people 
They did not shine forth 
They did not rule with cleverness 
    So the nation was blessed 
Now the rulers are filled with clever ideas 
    and the lives of people are filled with hardship 
So the nation is cursed 
He who knows the play of Tao and Te 
    knows the nature of the universe 
Tao brings forth Te from its own being 
Te expands in all directions 
    filling every corner of the world 
    becoming the splendour of all creation 
Yet at every moment Te seeks Tao 
This is the movement that guides the universe 
This is the impulse 
    that leads all things back home