January 24th, 2013

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Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.

From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.
You can't see Tao,
no matter how hard you look.
You can't hear Tao,
no matter how hard you listen.
You can't hold on to Tao,
no matter how hard you grab.

But it's there.

It's in you, and it's all around you.

Remember that.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 14

14.1 What you don't see when you look is called the unobtrusive. What you don't hear when you listen is called the rarefied. What you don't get when you grasp is called the subtle.
14.2 These three cannot be completely fathomed, so they merge into one;
14.3 above is not bright, below is not dark. Continuous, unnameable, it returns again to nothing.
14.4 This is called the stateless state, the image of no thing; this is called mental abstraction. When you face it you do not see its head, and when you follow it you do not see its back.
14.5 Hold to the ancient Way so as to direct present existence: only when you know the ancient can this be called the basic cycle of the Way.

       Tao Teh Ching - Thomas Cleary Translation