Monday, August 17, 2015

Victor H. Mair


The ways that can be walked are not the eternal Way;
The names that can be named are not the eternal name.
The nameless is the origin of the myriad creatures;
The named is the mother of the myriad creature.

Therefore,
Always be without desire
            in order to observe its wondrous subtleties;
Always have desire
            so that you may observe its manifestations.

Both of these derive from the same source;
They have different names but the same designation.

Mystery of mysteries,
The gate of all wonders!


(Reordered as Verse 45 based on the Ma-wang-rui manuscripts discovered in 1973)