Mystery | #14 | Tao Te Ching

Mystery #14 Tao Te Ching

Looked at but cannot be seen – it is beneath form;
Listened to but cannot be heard – it is beneath sound;
Held but cannot be touched – it is beneath feeling;
These depthless things evade definition,
And blend into a single mystery.

In its rising there is no light,
In its falling there is no darkness,
A continuous thread beyond description,
Lining what can not occur;
Its formless,
Its image nothing,
Its name is silence;
Follow it, it has no back,
Meet it, it has no face.

Attend the present to deal with the past;
Thus you grasp the continuity of the Way,
Which is its essence

– Lao Tzu

Marcel Proust could not beat out Lao Tzu’s ‘Mystery #14’ but Mr. Proust will return next   Sunday following April Fool’s Day.

2 thoughts on “Mystery | #14 | Tao Te Ching

  1. Pingback: Mystery | #14 | Tao Te Ching — the secret keeper | O LADO ESCURO DA LUA

  2. I love the Tao te Ching, too. I recently pulled out my tattered copy to prepare for a class on Taoism I was teaching for sixth and seventh graders. The class went well and I hope to start reading it again on a daily basis soon. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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