The method of Tao is the secret source to all in the universe,
The good person’s private guide, and
The person attracting goodness’ eternal essence.
With attractive words anything may be successfully proffered, but
It is a leader’s behavior which the people try to follow.
The people will never discard a person attracting goodness;
It is for this quality that princes are brought into leadership;
It is for this quality that ministers are appointed.
Rather than lead the people on a stallion with sword raised high,
Demonstrate the virtue of quiet lowliness, and
Guide them along the Tao path.
Why do the wise ones value this way?
Why? Indeed! Don’t they say,
“What is sought will be found,” and
“Can one be saved by sinning?”