Chapter 35

Hold on to the Great Image and the whole world will come to you.
Come to you and suffer no harm; but rather know great safety and peace.
Music and food - for these passing travelers stop.
Therefore, of the Tao's speaking, we say:
Insipid, it is! It's lack of flavor.
When you look at it, it's not sufficient to be seen;
When you listen to it, it's not sufficient to be heard;
Yet when you use it, it can't be used up.
Robert G. Henricks
HE who holds the Great Symbol will attract all things to him.
They flock to him and receive no harm, for in him they find peace, security and happiness.
Music and dainty dishes can only make a passing guest pause.
But the words of Tao possess lasting effects,
Though they are mild and flavourless,
Though they appeal neither to the eye nor to the ear.
John C. H. Wu
Have in your hold the great image
And the empire will come to you.
Coming to you and meeting with no harm
It will be safe and sound.
Music and food
Will induce the wayfarer to stop.
The way in its passage through the mouth is without flavour.
It cannot be seen,
It cannot be heard,
Yet it cannot be exhausted by use.
D. C. Lau
Hold fast to the Great Image,
And all the world will come.
Yet its coming brings no harm, Only peace and order.
When there is music together with food,
The audience will linger.
But when the Tao is expressed,
It seems without substance or flavor.
We observe and there is nothing to see.
We listen and there is nothing to hear.
We use it and it is without end.
R. L. Wing
Whoever holds fast to the great image will become that one to whom all people under Heaven will come.
(Even if all people under Heaven) come to him they will not hinder each other,
And all enjoy comfort, peace and health.
Music and dainties will make passing guests stop,
(But) Tao, if spoken out, will be insipid and tasteless.
Being looked at, it is imperceptible,
Being listened to, it is inaudible,
Being utilized, it is inexhaustible.
Ren Jiyu
All men will come to him who keeps to the one,
For there lie rest and happiness and peace.
Passersby may stop for music and good food,
But a description of the Tao
Seems without substance or flavor.
It cannot be seen, it cannot be heard,
And yet it cannot be exhausted.
Gia-fu Feng
He who holds the great sign
Attracts a great following.
He who helps the followers avoid harm
Enjoys great peace.
Music and good food can stop passers-by on their way.
The Dao, on the contrary, offers only a bland taste.
It can hardly be seen or heard.
Yet if one uses it, it is inexhaustible.
Lok Sang Ho
If you have the DAO, everything will come to you.
They come to you because they will not be hurt anymore, and they will become secure and peaceful.
Pleasant music and tasteful food will make even the passerby stop.
When being talked about, the DAO is tasteless.
When you look at it, you will not see it; when you listen to it, you will not hear it;
However, when you use it, it will never run out.
Xiaolin Yang
Attain to the Great Idea, and all the world will flock to you.
It will flock to you and will not be hurt therein, for it will rest in a wonderful peace.
Where there is a festival the wayfarer will stay.
To the palate the Tao is insipid and tasteless.
In regarding it the eye is not impressed.
In listening to it the ear is not filled.
But in its uses it is inexhaustible.
Walter Gorn Old
To him who holds in his hands the Great Image (of the invisible Tao), the whole world repairs.
Men resort to him, and receive no hurt, but (find) rest, peace, and the feeling of ease.
Music and dainties will make the passing guest stop (for a time).
But though the Tao as it comes from the mouth, seems insipid and has no flavour, though it seems not worth being looked at or listened to, the use of it is inexhaustible.
James Legge
Holding to the great image all beneath heaven sets out:
sets out free of risk, peace tranquil and vast.
Music and savory food
entice travelers to stop,
but the Way uttered forth
isn't even the thinnest of bland flavors.
Look at it: not enough to see.
Listen to it: not enough to hear.
Use it: not enough to use up.
David Hinton
Take hold of the great image,
And all under heaven will flock to you.
Once there, unharmed,
They will settle down in peace and prosperity.
Music and pastries
Make the wayfarers pause.
Therefore, when the Tao utters words,
They say: "How bland and tasteless!
Looked at,
It is not worth seeing;
Listened to,
Not worth hearing."
When used, however,
It is inexhaustible.
Chichung Huang
Hold aloft the Great Image (hsiang),
The whole world will go to it.
Going to it, they will meet with no harm,
Only safety, peace, and contentment (an p'ing t'ai).
When music and dainty dishes are offered,
The passers-by stop.
Tao, when it is uttered by the mouth,
Is so bland it has no flavor.
When looked at, it is not enough to be seen.
When listened to, it is not enough to be heard,
When used (yung), it is inexhaustible.
Ellen M. Chen
If someone is successful in capturing the grandest phenomenon [of cosmos with his description];
He may then be the right man for the world to follow;
Furthermore, if the world is processing [on this right course] unobstructed;
The world will enjoy peace, justice and prosperity.
The pleasure of listening to good music, and eating delicious food, were as transient as travelers passed by;
[When Tao was discussed]:
As far as mouth was concerned, the discussion gave off nothing more than tastelessness;
As far as eyes were concerned, the discussion offered nothing worthwhile to look at;
As far as ears were concerned, the discussion rendered nothing [musical which] deserves our making an effort to listen to it.
Nevertheless, when comes to the utilizations of discussions [about Tao], we shall discover that their applications are inexhaustible.
Lee Sun Chen Org
He who holds the great image will attract all things to him.
They flock to him and receive no harm, for in him they find peace, security and happiness.
Music and dainty dishes make a passing guest pause.
But being said in the words, the Way is tasteless, flavorless, not seen, not heard, but it cannot be used up.
Tien Cong Tran
Those who grasp Tao will be followed by the whole world.
Following without worries, the world becomes secure, peaceful, and prosperous.
Music and banquet make the travelers stop by.
But when Tao is said, it is plain and flavorless.
It is invisible when it is looked at.
It is inaudible when it is listened to.
It is inexhaustible when it is utilized.
Thomas Z. Zhang
He who holding the Great Form goes about his work in the empire
Can go about his work, yet do no harm.
All is peace, quietness and security.
Sound of music, smell of good dishes
Will make the passing stranger pause.
How different the words that Tao gives forth!
So thin, so flavourless!
If one looks for Tao, there is nothing solid to see;
If one listens for it, there is nothing loud enough to hear.
Yet if one uses it, it is inexhaustible.
Arthur Waley
Grasp the great image, and all under Heaven will turn to you.
Turning to you means not harm but safety and peace in great measure.
Music and fine food make the passing visitor stay.
When the Dao is spoken of, how bland: it has no flavor at all!
We look for it, but not enough is there to see anything.
We listen for it, but not enough is there to hear anything.
We try to use it, but not enough is there to use up.
Richard John Lynn
Hold the Great Symbol
And all the world follows,
Follows without meeting harm,
(And lives in) health, peace, commonwealth.
Offer good things to eat
And the wayfarer stays.
But Tao is mild to the taste.
Looked at, it cannot be seen;
Listened to, it cannot be heard;
Applied, its supply never fails.
Lin Yutang
Hold fast to the great image and all under heaven will come;
They will come but not be harmed, rest in safety and peace;
Music and fine food will make the passerby halt.
Therefore,
When the Way is expressed verbally,
We say such things as
"how bland and tasteless it is!"
"We look for it, but there is not enough to be seen."
"We listen for it, but there is not enough to be heard."
Yet, when put to use, it is inexhaustible!
Victor H. Mair
Hold on to the Great Image
and all under heaven will approach you.
Coming to you and not being harmed,
they will find rest, peace, and security.
A passing guest will pause at the sound of music and the smell of fancy food.
By comparison the Tao is mild and flavorless.
It is not solid enough to be seen,
nor loud enough to be heard.
Yet, it lasts forever.
Tolbert McCarroll
Whoever embraces the Grand Image attracts people in the world.
Attracting but not discriminating, they live in peace.
Hearing music and seeing food, visitors linger.
Direction, [as a subject] for discussion, is plain and flavorless.
Looking at it, it is invisible;
Listening to it, it is inaudible;
using it, it is inexhaustible.
David H. Li
From the great formless imagining the world emerges into existence,
Without obstruction, but with balance, harmony, and peace.
Music and feast provide fleeting pleasures in this ephemeral world.
The Tao in its utterance brings no such pleasures to the senses.
The Tao, when looked at, cannot be seen by the eye.
The Tao, when listened to, cannot be heard by the ear.
Yet, when used, it is forever inexhaustible.
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
The person who holds the great thing
Will go through a whole world.
He will go along the path straightforwardly without seeing danger,
But finds tranquillity, friendship, and equality.
The sounds of a tune and the scent of delicacies will cause the stranger passing by to stop.
But Tao, when it is expressed in words, is pure, devoid of all taste.
When someone looks at it, he won't see it.
When someone listens to it, he won't hear it.
However, when someone uses it, it is everything.
Chou-Wing Chohan
Everyone will gather to the man
Who rules in the light of the One.
To trust such a being is to live
In true happiness and healing.
Good food and sweet music
May make you stop -
You listen, in passing.
But the Tao: how does it seem?
Oh, tasteless and shapeless by comparison.
You cannot even hear it.
Is it even worth trying to?
Yes, my friend because it is unending.
Man-Ho Kwok
He who holds the great image (Tao)
Attracts all the people to him.
Coming to him and not harming each other,
They all live in peace and happiness.
Music and food
Can allure passersby to stop,
But the Tao, coming out of the mouth,
Is tasteless.
It cannot be seen,
It cannot be heard,
But when using it, you can never exhaust its use.
Gu Zhengkun
Embrace the appearance of Tao.
Everyone under the great Heaven will follow it,
yet no one tries to cause harm to it.
Peace and safety and equality will arise.
Banquets and delicacies are like passing guests: they cannot last.
The Tao passes the mouth, it cannot be tasted.
The Tao passes the eyes, it cannot be seen.
The Tao passes the ears, it cannot be heard.
Yet it can never be exhausted by use.
Chao-Hsiu Chen
The owner of the biggest image attracts the whole world.
When all who come have been safely settled,
The world will then be peaceful.
Melodious music and delicious food
Can only attract passers-by.
But the Way is, when put into one's mouth, tasteless,
When looked at, colorless,
When listened to, uninteresting,
And, when used, limitlessly bountiful.
Liu Qixuan
When the king of men holds the great image, the whole world's people turn to rally round him.
When people turn to rally round him, and do not commit loss and harm, then the world shall become peaceful and secure.
He who takes delight in the Tao, and enjoys it, the true one will stay with him.
The Tao's teaching is as dry as a course of tasteless dish.
It cannot be seen, nor can't be heard.
However, it will never be exhausted in its application.
Shi Fu Hwang
To him who holds to the Great Form all the world will go.
It will go and see no danger, but tranquillity, equality and community.
Music and dainties will make the passing stranger stop.
But Tao when uttered in words is so pure and void of flavour;
When one looks at it, one cannot see it;
When one listens to it, one cannot hear it.
However, when one uses it, it is inexhaustible.
Ch’u Ta-Kao
Hold on to the great image
And the whole world will follow.
Following without harm, in safety, peace, and comfort.
Music and viand will cause the traveler to stop.
But Tao spoken by mouth is flavorless and bland.
Looked at, it cannot be seen.
Listened to, it cannot be heard.
Used, it will never be exhausted.
Paul J. Lin
Grasp the Great Image and the world will come,
it will come and not be harmed - a great peace and evenness.
For music and cakes, passing strangers stop,
Tao flowing from the lips - flat.
No taste to it.
Look for it: you will not be satisfied looking;
listen for it: you will not be satisfied listening;
put it into practice: you will not be satisfied stopping.
Michael LaFargue
He who abides by the great Simulacrum (Truth) finds the people of the whole world eager to follow him.
By following him they are rendered free from harm, and peace prevails.
Like music and baits, he attracts all passers-by.
The utterance of Truth is insipid.
It cannot be seen with the eyes;
it cannot be heard with the ears;
it cannot be exhausted from constant use.
Cheng Lin
He who holds to the great image
Will be followed by the people of the world.
They will go unharmed,
In safety, calm, and peace.
Music and good food tempt passing guests to pause;
[But,] the Way that is tasted has no flavor,
Looked at, it cannot be seen,
Listened to, it cannot be heard,
Used, it cannot be exhausted.
Yi Wu
When the ruler follows the way of Dao,
People will flock to him.
They become the beneficiaries and enjoy peace and harmony.
Beautiful music and sumptuous foods allure all passers-by.
They linger and then decide to stay.
How is Dao best described?
Dao is tasteless, invisible and inaudible,
But its use is inexhaustible.
Han Hiong Tan
When the subtle Way of the universe is taught, people know where to go and what to learn,
because they know that they will not be harmed but will receive great peace.
The teacher of the universal Way is like one who gives real food to people.
He does not feed them colorful bait with the intention of catching them.
The subtle Way of the universe is flavorless, with nothing much to offer the mouth.
Neither does it offer much to be enjoyed by the eyes or entertain the ears, yet its usefulness is inexhaustible.
Hua-Ching Ni
When one maintains the great image in dealing with the world,
One deals with the world without harming it.
Instead, one makes the world serene, tranquil, and peaceful.
Music and delicacies may attract passersby to remain momentarily,
But the taste of Tao is plain and without flavor.
Look at it, nothing can be seen.
Listen to it, nothing can he heard.
Employ it, it cannot be depleted.
Chang Chung-yuan
Hold fast to the Great Form,
And wherever in the world you go,
You will meet with no harm,
But enjoy security, peace, and well-being.
Where there is music with good food,
The passers-by will pause and linger.
But Tao, on being set forth orally,
Is insipid and tasteless.
It is invisible when looked at,
And inaudible when listened to,
Yet its utility will never come to an end.
Henry Wei
Holding fast to the great form,
Go anywhere under Heaven.
Wherever you go, nothing will harm you -
You will be safe and in peace.
Music and fine food
Make the passing stranger stop.
When Tao comes out from the mouth,
How flavorless it is!
You look at it, but it is invisible.
You listen to it, but it is inaudible.
You use it, but it is inexhaustible.
Ha Poong Kim
Holding on to the great Symbol,
The whole world carries on.
On and on without doing harm.
Being happy at peace,
Enjoying greatly the music and food,
Travelers stop by.
When the Tao is spoken forth plainly
It has no flavor at all.
Look, but that is not sufficient for seeing.
Listen, but that is not sufficient for hearing.
Use it, but it is not exhausted.
Tao Huang
He who holds fast to the superior model, the whole world may follow him without ado.
They follow him without harm, but with comfort, equality and prosperity.
Musical temptation and food's flavor can stop a traveler on the road.
When Dao is tasted by mouth, it is mild and without flavor.
When it is looked at, it cannot be entirely seen;
when it is listened to, it cannot be entirely heard;
and when it is taken, it cannot be eaten.
Tang Zi-chang
Hold fast to the great form (Tao),
And all the world will come.
They come and will encounter no harm;
But enjoy comfort, peace, and health.
When there are music and dainties,
Passing strangers will stay.
But the words uttered by Tao,
How insipid and tasteless!
We look at it, it is imperceptible.
We listen to it, it is inaudible.
We use it, it is inexhaustible.
Wing-tsit Chan