The Tao (chapter One)

good vs evilThe mystery is great, and the levels of understanding are many in the Tao Te Ching. This is a writing that must be spiritually discerned by the reader or else he will forever find himself walking in circles.

Following is the more direct (81) chapter’s interpretation of the original Chinese . . . after, in italics, is my personal interpretation. I don’t claim anything for it other than that fact . . . it’s my own understanding of a deep and spirit worthy text written by Lao Tzu many hundreds of years ago. . . . . . . JW

Tao Te Ching
Chapter One

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao’
The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.

Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The named is the Mother of all things.

Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence.
The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations.
These two come paired from the same origin.

But when the essence is manifested,
It has a different name.

This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”
As profound the mystery as It can be,
It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

My interpretation:

Before the beginning there was the Unknown.

At the beginning the Unknown split into two parts.

One part remained the unknown, the other formed the heavens and the earth.

Man, unable to understand the Unknown, either worships it or denies it’s existence.

There are some things in life that must be experienced in order to understand them.

Listening to music.

The taste of a fresh peach.

The touch of a lover.

The scent of fresh rain in a forest.

The view from the top of a mountain.

In all these cases, to deprive the senses from experiencing, is to deprive the knowing.

The Tao must also be experienced.

Give her a name and she becomes a religion.

Ignore her and she will never cease knocking at your door.

JW

 

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