January 28th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 25: In Praise Of Mystery (plus some hierarchies)


25.1 Something undifferentiated was born before heaven and earth;
       still and silent, standing alone and unchanging,
       going through cycles unending,
       able to be mother to the world.
25.2 I do not know its name;
       I label it the Way.
       Imposing on it a name,
       I call it Great.
25.3 Greatness means it goes;
       going means reaching afar;
       reaching afar means return.
25.4 Therefore the Way is great,
       heaven is great,
       earth is great,
       and kingship* is also great.
       Among domains are four greats,
       of which kingship is one.
25.5 Humanity emulates earth,
       earth emulates heaven,
       heaven emulates the Way,
       the Way emulates nature.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

* Kingship may mean humankind or the nobility that is inherent in our existence.  ( e.g. Chinese Christians referred to Saint Matthew as "King Matthew.")

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