The spring has hundreds of flowers, the autumn has the moon.
The summer has cool breezes, the winter has snow.
If useless matters don't hang in your heart and head,
you will have the best seasons of this human world.
Eyes will go blind trying to see a hair of autumn fur.
Ears will go deaf trying to hear the flight of a mosquito.
A mouth will go giddy trying to discern differences in river water.
A nose will recoil smelling what's scorched and rotten.
A body will grow turgid constantly running after pleasure.
A heart will go mad trying to know right and wrong.
Therefore, if people don't reason things out,
they will never reach realization.
Never possessing means never being static. Never to be static means to abide in the formless.
Formlessness is to be motionless. To be motionless means silence.
Silence means a stillness without sound or shape. To be without sound or shape means to see the unseen and hear the unheard.
This is called subtle. This is called to reach the spiritual: "Continuous as existence, this means the root of heaven and earth."
Tao is silent. Therefore, the sages are powerful in form--one sentence serves to name all the Tao of heaven and earth. The great is formed because it had a root when small. The profuse is possible because of slight beginnings. The Son of Heaven is chosen by heaven and earth in order to support the ten thousand things.
When achievements and virtue reach greatness, power and fame reach great value. The beauty of both kinds of virtue match heaven and earth.
Therefore, one must never oppose the great Tao. It is the mother of all under heaven.