THE FEMININE TAO 
CHAPTER SEVENTY-THREE
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Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Intro) : 32 Nature Mystic Chapters :
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01, 04, 06, 07, 08    09, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 23    26, 28, 29, 32, 35,
40, 43, 45, 47    48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 63, 67    70, 73, 77, 79.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Ellen M. Chen (1989)

One who is courageous out of daring is killed.
One who is courageous out of not daring lives.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) the brave (2) who (3) dare (4) consequently (5) die
(6) the brave (7) who (8) do not (9) dare (10) consequently (11) live [lit. flow on]

Of these two, this is beneficial while that is harmful.
What heaven hates, who knows the reason?
Therefore even the sage takes it to be difficult.

The way of heaven:
Without contending, it is yet good at winning,
Without speaking, it is yet good in responding.
Without being beckoned, it yet comes of its own accord.
Unhurried, it is yet good at planning.
The net of heaven is vast,
Widely spaced, yet missing nothing.

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Chinese Character for Arrive, Lai
Arrive, Come to Visit
(來 = Lai)
Pictograph = Ears of Wheat hanging
from a Wheat Plant
"Without being beckoned,
it yet comes of its own accord."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Richard Gotshalk (2007)

If one is brave in daring then one dies,
if one is brave in not-daring then one lives.
These two may each be harmful or beneficial:
Who knows why Heaven hates what it does?

The Way of Heaven is
to be good at subduing without contending,
good at answering without speaking,
good at coming without being summoned,
good at planning without uttering a word.

The net of Heaven is extensive indeed,
and though coarse, it lets nothing escape.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Timothy Freke (1999)

Daring to do and die
is to be courageous in the outer world.
Daring to be and live
is to act courageously in the inner world.
Both can help — both can harm.
Why?
Even the wise have to admit they haven't
      got a clue.

Follow the Way of Heaven,
and you will succeed without struggling.
You will know the answer,
without asking the question.
All you need will come to you,
without being demanded.
You will be fulfilled without knowing desire.
The Way of Heaven is like a vast net,
although its meshes seem wide,
     it catches everything.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)

The Tao is always at ease. [*]
It overcomes without competing,
answers without speaking a word,
arrives without being summoned,
accomplishes without a plan.

Its net covers the whole universe.
And though its meshes are wide,
it doesn't let a thing slip through. [**]

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[*] STEPHEN MITCHELL comments:
"At ease with herself, the Master puts
everyone else at ease."
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[**] ELLEN M. CHEN comments:
"This chapter shows great religious fervor.
It marvels at the inscrutable ways of heaven,
then ends with a declaration of faith in
heaven's wonderful ways."


Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin (1998)

Brave daring leads to death.
Brave caution leads to life.
The choice can be the right one
or the wrong one.

Who will interpret
the judgment of heaven?
Even the wise soul
finds it hard.

The way of heaven
doesn't compete
yet wins handily,
doesn't speak
yet answers fully,
doesn't summon
yet attracts.
It acts
perfectly easily.

The net of heaven
is vast, vast,
wide-meshed,
yet misses nothing. [*]

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[*] HO-SHANG-KUNG [an ancient commentator] says:
"The net of heaven has wide meshes and is very large:
it overlooks the good and bad within us, though
nothing escapes it."

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Seventy-Three in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi / Wang Bi Version)
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by J. H. McDonald (1996)

Being overbold and confidant is deadly.
The wise use of caution will keep you alive.

One is the way to death,
and the other is the way to preserve your life.
Who can understand the workings of Heaven?

The Tao of the universe
does not compete, yet wins;
does not speak, yet responds;
does not command, yet is obeyed;
and does act, but is good at directing.

The nets of Heaven are wide,
but nothing escapes its grasp.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Herrymon Mauer (1985)

The brave in daring dies;
The brave in not-daring lives.
Of these two,
One helps, the other hurts.
Heaven may hate,
But who knows why?
The question stumps the sage.

It is the Tao of heaven
To conquer without competing,
To answer without speaking,
To attract without summoning,
To get results without hastening.
Vast is heaven's net and wide-meshed.
Yet nothing slips through.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Charles Muller (1997)

If you are courageous in daring you will die.
If you are courageous in not-daring you will live.
Among these two, one is beneficial and the other is harmful.

Who understands the reason why Heaven dislikes what it dislikes?
Even the sage has difficulty in knowing this.

The Way of Heaven is to win easily without struggle.
To respond well without words,
To naturally come without special invitation,
To plan well without anxiety.

Heaven's net is vast.
It is loose.

Yet nothing slips through.

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Chinese Character for Planning Mou
PLANNING / STRATEGIZE (謀 = Mou)
Pictograph = "Planning" + "something" (phonetic)
"Tao...is unstructured and yet exceeds in planning."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by Kari Hohne (2009)

The bold in daring will be killed
The bold in not daring will survive.

Of these two, one brings benefit, the other brings harm.

Who knows why Heaven dislikes what it dislikes?
Even the sage finds this a difficult question.

The way of Tao:
It does not contend and yet excels in winning.
It does not speak and yet excels in responding.
It does not summon and yet it attracts.
It is unstructured and yet exceeds in planning.

The net of heaven is cast wide,
though the net is not fine,
nothing slips through.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
Agnieszka Solska (2008)

The one whose courage comes from being fearless gets killed.
The one whose courage comes from being fearful stays alive.
Both kinds of bravery lead to benefit or harm.
If one of them heaven detests who knows why?
Even the sage is unable to explain this.
The Tao of Heaven excels at overcoming without competing,
At responding without speaking,
At drawing to itself without beckoning,
At laying plans without hurrying.
Heaven's weapons are crude, its targets strewn wide,
Yet when it takes an aim it won't miss the mark.

Chinese Character for Net, Wang
NET, WEB, (also Internet)
(網 = Wang)
Pictograph = Threads + Net
"Heaven's net is cast wide, and although coarse
in its mesh, nothing silps through."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 73
translated by R. T. Ames and D. L. Hall (2003)

Those who are courageous in feats of daring will die because of it;
While those whose courage is tempered by prudence will preserve their lives.
In these two cases, courage can either put one in harm's way, or be beneficial.
Who can understand why tian [heaven] despises the things that it does?

Tian's [heaven's] way (dao) is winning the war without going to battle,
Is answering effectively without saying a word,
Is coming of its own accord without being summoned,
And is laying plans skillfully while remaining free and easy.

Tian's [heaven's] net is cast wide,
And although coarse in its mesh, nothing silps through it.

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TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) Heaven's (2) net (3) vast (4) vast (5) wide open (6) and yet (7) nothing (8) slips through

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