Monday, July 18, 2016

Tao Te Ching - Weekly Verse

So I recently bought Steven Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching. In another life, I think I read this as an East Asian Studies major in college but I have zero recollection of it.

As part of this year's intention to be all in on being yogic, I will be reading this. For the Tao Te Ching, I have decided to post a week for the rest of the year. I will post them on Monday's.

Verse 1
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The unnameable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.

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