Surrender

Some Thoughts About Reality: The “Manifestations” of the “Tao Te Ching”

                                                  Free from desire, you realize the mystery
                                                  Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

The Temporal and the Eternal

Okay, I think I get it. The opening poem (or chapter) of the Tao Te Ching is telling me that there are two worlds: the temporal, where words (names), “manifestations,” and “desire” exist; and the “eternal” where the “nameless,” the “mystery,” and serenity (free from “desire”) inhabit.

Just when I think I have nailed it, the Tao then tells me that the eternal and the temporal come from the same “Darkness,” or, better still, “Darkness within darkness.” Continue reading

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