Tao Te Ching – Verse 2 – Being and non-being create each other.

Tao Te Ching – Verse 2

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)

When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away

(translation by Derek Lin, 2006)

There is no beauty; there is no ugliness.
From Nothingness, we see all is Zero — but if we must choose, as mortals are prone, all is Beauty!
There is no ethics; contemplation of good and bad creates bad.
There is one reality, which is the Bliss of Nothingness, Zero.
Opposites are a trait of ignorance.
There are no opposites.
Do Zero.
All becomes the same as Zero.
Take compassion for those who are lost in the forest of complexity.
But remember, it is Nothingness that will free them to the Infinity of Zero, Bliss, Nothingness.
Compassion. Silence. Humility. Renunciation.
They, the lost, will return.

(translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)

from I Ching Online


Author: harinam

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