Tuesday, July 1, 2014

~Tao Te Ching~

Tao Te Ching - Written by Lao-Tzu
The Tao that can be told of... The [Tao] that can be told of is not an Unvarying [Tao]; The names that can be named are not unvarying names. It was from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang; The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind. (tr. A. Waley)
The "Valley Spirit"
The Valley Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female. Tao Te Ching - Written by Lao-Tzu
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
(Chapter VI, Tr. A. Waley)
The Tao that can be described is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be spoken is not the eternal Name. The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth. The named is the mother of creation. Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery. By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real. Yet mystery and reality emerge from the same source. This source is called darkness. Darkness born from darkness. The beginning of all understanding.

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