January 17th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation -- Chapter 14: A Lesson From The Past's Past


14.1 What you don't see when you look is called the unobtrusive. What you don't hear when you listen is called the rarefied. What you don't get when you grasp is called the subtle.
14.2 These three cannot be completely fathomed, so they merge into one;
14.3 above is not bright, below is not dark. Continuous, unnameable, it returns again to nothing.
14.4 This is called the stateless state, the image of no thing; this is called mental abstraction. When you face it you do not see its head, and when you follow it you do not see its back.
14.5 Hold to the ancient Way so as to direct present existence: only when you know the ancient can this be called the basic cycle of the Way.
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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