February 26th, 2012

Tao Te Ching - Chapter 1 in One of 76 Versions

KWOK, MAN-HO & PALMER, MARTIN & RAMSAY, JAY (1993)

The Tao that can be talked about is not the true Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
Everything in the universe comes out of Nothing.
Nothing - the nameless
is the beginning;
While Heaven, the mother
is the creatrix of all things.
Follow the nothingness of the Tao,
and you can be like it, not needing anything,
seeing the wonder and the root of everthing.
And even if you cannot grasp this nothingness,
you can still see something of the Tao in everything.
These two are the same
only called by different names
- and both are mysterious and wonderful.
All mysteries are Tao, and Heaven is their mother;
She is the gateway and the womb-door.



Tao te ching - Chapter 1 in 76 versions