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Chapter 1: On the Absolute Tao

Love your children, but don’t possess them. Love your wife and your husband, but don’t possess them. The moment you possess.you don’t know: deep down you have been possessed. The moment you possess you have been possessed. The possessor is the possessed. Don’t possess - because the possession tries to destroy the center of the other, and the other won’t allow you to. And if you try to destroy the center of the other, in the very effort your own center will be destroyed. Then there will be only the cyclone and no center. Be in the world and yet not in it. Something deep in you transcends, remains floating in the sky - roots in the earth, branches in the sky.

He gives them life, but does not take possession of them;
He acts, but does not appropriate;
Accomplishes, but claims no credit.

He simply lives, as part of the whole - how can he claim any credit? He simply lives as a part of this organic unity, this existence, this thusness. He is part of it; how can he claim? How can a wave claim anything? The wave is just a part of the ocean.

He acts, but does not appropriate;
Accomplishes, but claims no credit.

It is because he lays claim to no credit
That the credit cannot be taken away from him.

This is the absurd logic of Lao Tzu. He is absolutely logical, but he has a logic of his own. He says:

It is because he lays claim to no credit
That the credit cannot be taken away from him.

If you claim, the claim can be disproved; if you don’t claim, how can the claim - which has not been claimed at all - be disproved? If you try to be somebody in the world, it can be proved that you are nobody. It will be proved, because everybody is trying to be somebody and everybody is a competitor in that claim. But if you don’t claim, you remain a nobody - how can this be disproved? In your nobodiness you become somebody, and nobody can disprove it and nobody can compete with it.

If you try to be victorious you will be defeated. Ask the Alexanders and the Napoleons and the Hitlers: if you try to be victorious you will be defeated. Says Lao Tzu: Don’t try to be victorious, then nobody can defeat you. A very subtle logic, the logic of life itself: don’t claim, and your claim is absolutely fulfilled; don’t try to be victorious, and your victory is absolute; don’t try, just be, and all that you can try for will come to you by itself, on its own accord.

A man who has not asked for anything, who has not been trying to be successful in any way, who has not been striving for any ambition to be fulfilled, suddenly finds that all is fulfilled - life itself comes to him to share its secrets, to share its riches. Because a man who remains without claim becomes emptiness; into that emptiness life goes on pouring its secrets and riches.