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The Tao te Ching is one of the most widely read sacred texts, due to its simplicity and depth. It appeal is universal, and has been found relevant by Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Quantum Physicists. Attributed to Lao-tzu, (580-500 .), it may predate him by several centuries. The earliest known manuscripts of the Tao te Ching date to the third century . This translation is excerpted from Volume 39 of the Sacred Books of the East. Taoist Texts, Part I (SBE 39)
Lao Tzu , Chuang Tzu , tr. by Jame Legge [ 1891 ]
Taoist Texts, Part II (SBE40)
Chuang Tzu , tr. by Jame Legge [ 1891 ]
The Sacred Texts of the Taoists. A detailed etext of volume one and two of the Sacred Books of the East Taoist translations by James Legge. Both of these volumes were published in 1891. The first volume contains Lao-tzu's Tao te Ching and the first half of the Writings of Chuang-tzu, including the notes and introductory material. The second volume completes the Writings of Chuang-tzu, and includes several other Taoist texts, including the Tai Shang Tractate. Volume two also includes a detailed index for both volumes.
In ancient Taoist texts, wu-wei is associated with water through its yielding nature.  Taoist philosophy, in accordance with the I Ching , proposes that the universe works harmoniously according to its own ways. When someone exerts their will against the world in a manner that is out of rhythm with the cycles of change, they may disrupt that harmony and unintended consequences may more likely result rather than the willed outcome. Taoism does not identify one's will as the root problem. Rather, it asserts that one must place their will in harmony with the natural universe.  Thus, a potentially harmful interference may be avoided, and in this way, goals can be achieved effortlessly.   "By wu-wei, the sage seeks to come into harmony with the great Tao, which itself accomplishes by nonaction." 
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