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Tao Te Ching 

Laozi  

Lin Yutang translation

  

The Tao that can be told of 

Is not the Absolute Tao; 

The Names that can be given 

Are not Absolute Names.

The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth; 

The Named is the Mother of All Things.

Therefore:

Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion 

In order to see the Secret of Life; 

Oftentimes, one regards life with passion, 

In order to see its manifest forms.

These two (the Secret and its manifestations) 

Are (in their nature) the same; 

They are given different names 

When they become manifest. 

They may both be called the Cosmic Mystery:

Reaching from the Mystery into the Deeper Mystery

Is the Gate to the Secret of All Life.

道,可道,非常道。名,可名,非常名。无名,天地之始;有名,万物之母。故常无欲,以观其妙;常有欲,以观其徼。此两者同出而异名,同谓之玄。玄之又玄,众妙之门。

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