1 – The Eternal Tao

cc image by DH Wright on Flickr

cc image by DH Wright on Flickr

The Tao that can  be told is not the Eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the Eternal Name.

Nothingness is the Origin of Heaven and Earth.
Beingness is the Mother of the Ten Thousand Things.

When you are free of desire, you will understand the Essence of your life.
When you identify with your desires, you will observe the manifestations of your life.

Both contain the deepest secrets arising from the dark unknown, the Doorway to the Mysteries of Life.

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  3. The path that can be walked on is not the eternal path,
    The name that can be spoken is not the eternal name

    Heaven and earth began without a name,
    Having a name is the mother of 10,000 things

    If one is always without desire things appear as wonderful,
    Having desire, things appear as a limit

    These two produce different names, but alike they speak of the mysterious unknown;
    The unknown that is unknown is the gateway to many wonderful things

    • Hi Rob,

      I missed this comment! Hey – thanks for writing this! You should check out our Tao Tuesdays! Every Tuesday, I post a chapter and a Mr. Linky for people to add a link to their own chapter commentary of the Tao Te Ching.

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