Interpreting: The Book of the Tao (by Lao Tze, Verse 1)

Verse One

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.

The named is the mother of the ten thousands things.

Ever desireless one can see the mystery.

Ever desiring one sees the manifestations.

These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.

Darkness within darkness.

The gate to all mystery.

Translation by Gia Fu Fang

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