Tao Te Ching – Verse 21 – The Master keeps her mind always at one with the Tao; that is what gives her her radiance.

21
The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn’t cling to ideas.

The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
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The appearance of great virtue
Follows only the Tao
The Tao, as a thing
Seems indistinct, seems unclear

So unclear, so indistinct
Within it there is image
So indistinct, so unclear
Within it there is substance
So deep, so profound
Within it there is essence

Its essence is supremely real
Within it there is faith
From ancient times to the present
Its name never departs
To observe the source of all things
How do I know the nature of the source?
With this

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
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Zero is ever-exploding with power.
Zero moves dynamically through Nothingness.
Incomprehensible, as it is Nothingness.
In devoting Life to comprehending It, all triviality is lost.
What one finds may fascinate, but they are disguises.
It and its Ways are Invincible.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
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from I Ching Online

 

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