The Tao is like a flooding river –
It may go left; it may go right.
The ten thousand beings depend on it for life;
It does not disappoint.
And when its work is done
It does not take possession.
It clothes and nourishes the ten thousand beings
But it lays no claim to them.

Ever selfless is the Tao,
It could even be called insignificant.
The ten thousand beings find a home in it,
Yet it does not take possession.

Thus is it called Great.
Its greatness lying in its lack of any claim to it.

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