Thursday, 3 April 2014

Tao chapter 4

The Way is like an empty vessel That yet may be drawn from Without ever needing to be filled. It is bottomless;the very progenitor of all things in the world. In it all sharpness is blunted,All tangles untied,All glare tempered,All dust[1] smoothed. It is like a deep pool that never dries. Was it too the child of something else?We cannot tell. But as a substanceless image[2] it existed before the Ancestor.[3]  [1]Dust is the Taoist symbol for the noise and fuss of everyday life. [2]A hsiang,an image such as the mental images that float before us when we think. [3]The Ancestor in question is almost certainly the Yellow Ancestor who separated Earth from Heaven and so destroyed the Primal Unity,for which he is frequently censured is Chuang Tzu. 

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