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The Eternal Way That Cannot Be Known, (Daodejing Translations)

  • - The Way that can be spoken is not the Eternal Way
  • - The Word that can be spoken is not the Eternal Word
  • - Abandon all hopes and desires and you will see The Mystery
  • - Hope and desire will only allow you to see The Manifestation
  • - Though these both come forth and differ in name
  • - At their source the Mystery and Manifestation are the same
  • - This paradox is the life's greatest mystery
  • - Thus, this paradox is the essence of all life
  • - That which strives to beautiful, becomes ugly
  • - That which strives to be virtuous, becomes evil
  • - Therefore Nothingness and Somethingness give birth unto each other
  • - That which is easy cannot be so without that which is hard
  • - That which is long cannot be so without that which is short
  • - That which is high cannot be so without that which is low
  • - That which has tone cannot be so without sound
  • - That which has day cannot be without night
  • - That which has life cannot be without death
  • - That which has a future cannot be without a past
  • - That which has a past cannot be without a future
  • - Thus, the Daomancer practices without desiring
  • - Thus, the Daomancer teaching without speaking
  • - Thus, the Daomancer nourishes without expecting authority
  • - Thus, the Daomancer succeeds without expecting recognition
  • - Thus, the Daomancer takes neither credit nor claim, and is thus eternally acclaimed
  • - He who does not idolise does not envy
  • - He who does not envy does not steal
  • - He who does not steal will not be confused
  • - Therefore the Daomancer governs themselves by letting free of desire
  • - Therefore the Daomancer nurtures himself, letting go of ambitions
  • - Those that are simple and free from desire, do not get taken advantage of
  • - Act naturally without desire and everything else falls into place
  • - The Way is like a formless space yet it may be experienced without ever needing to be filled
  • - The Way is an unknowable and unfathomable abyss, the origin of All Things
  • - The Way is complete and perfect as to create spiritual and physical harmony
  • - The Way is so profound and expansive, yet unseeable
  • - The Way exists everywhere and nowhere
  • - I do not know to whom the progenitor of the Way is
  • - The Way has existed before Consciousness, Heaven, and Earth
  • - The truth is not pleasant
  • - Pleasantries are not truthful
  • - The wise does not argue
  • - He who argues with not wise
  • - The Wise may know the Way
  • - He who knows the Way may not be smart
  • - He who is smart may be knowledgeable, but not know the Way
  • - A Daomancer does not hoard material wealth and goods
  • - The more he helps, the richer his soul becomes
  • - The more he gives, the more his soul gets in return
  • - The Way of Nature is to benefit and cause not needles harm
  • - The Way of the Daomancer is to flow like water without contention
  • - The Way is like a stretching bow
  • - When you aim too high, you must raise it lower
  • - When you aim too low, you must raise it higher
  • - The excess will be reduced
  • - The deficient will be replenished
  • - The Way of Nature is to unfill the filled and fill the unfilled in order to give where there is not enough
  • - The Way of Man is different
  • - Man takes from the unfilled to serve himself despite being filled
  • - Who can sacrifice ones excess to serve the world?
  • - A Daomancer
  • - Thus, a Daomancer acts without expecting a reward
  • - Thus, a Daomancer accomplishes but does not claim credit
  • - Thus, a Daomancer has no need to distinguish himself from his peers
  • - He who is brave but not cautions will be killed
  • - He who is brave but acts cautious will live
  • - Of these two, one is beneficial but one is harmful
  • - How are we to know what nature wishes?
  • - Thus the Daomancer is aware of the subtlety of The Way of Nature
  • - So he takes great caution in practicing it
  • - The Way of Nature:
  • - Does not compete, yet wins
  • - Does not speak, yet always responds
  • - Does not summon, yet all gather before
  • - Does not plan, though succeeds as if it had
  • - The Web of Nature is cast far and wide
  • - Though many holes exist, nothing ever slips through
  • - My words are easy to understand
  • - However, the world cannot understand them
  • - In my words, there is subtle truth
  • - In my deeds, the Way
  • - Because many do not understand this,
  • - They do not understand me
  • - Thus, few know me
  • - Hence the essence of the Way is honorable and precious
  • - Thus, a Daomancer appears as if a commoner
  • - Yet takes with him a heart of gold and true essence within
  • - He who knows what other's don't is enlightened
  • - He who pretends to know what he does not know is ignorant
  • - He who knows all that he does not know is aware
  • - Therefore a Daomancer is flawless for he is aware of that all which he does not know
  • - He who practices the Way does not force the Way
  • - He who is a great warrior does not anger quick
  • - He who is a great conqueror does not conquer wanton
  • - He who is a great leader is humble
  • - Not competing needlessly is a virtue
  • - Working together with others is a virtue
  • - This is how one achieves harmony with nature
  • - This is how one feels as they did in antediluvian times
  • - We enter this universe with Life and leave it with Death
  • - A third of people are lovers of Life
  • - A third of people are lovers of Death
  • - Another third of people who love life but head towards Death
  • - Why?
  • - Because Man is cares too much for hedonism and physical pleasure
  • - The Daomancer travels to foreign mysterious lands but does not fear being stabbed
  • - The Daomancer goes off to war but does not fear being shot Knives and Guns are powerless against him
  • - Why?
  • - Because there is no place for death to find a Daomancer
  • - In the effort of learning, you gain something
  • - In the effort of the Way, you lose something
  • - More and more is lost internally, until you may act without striving for anything
  • - When you follow this practice, your ego will not remain
  • - All things are won by letting them take their course
  • - There is nothing to be gained from meddling
  • - Without going outside, you may know the world
  • - Without peering through windows you can see the sky
  • - The father you stray from bed the less you know
  • - The Daomancer;
  • - Arrives without traveling to anywhere
  • - Perceives without looking at anything
  • - Acts without striving for anything.
  • - The Way gives birth to One
  • - The One gives birth to Two
  • - Two gives birth to Three
  • - and Three gives birth to Infinity
  • - The Infinity turn their back on dark and embrace the light
  • - Harmony is achieved through the union of lightness and darkness, shadow and not
  • - People dislike the words “alone”, “helpless”, and “worthless” Yet this is how Noblemen describe themselves
  • - So it is seen that sometimes rises because it falls, and others something will fall because it rises
  • - Understand this: “A violent person will not die a non-violent death.”
  • - This is the basis of my teaching
  • - The topwit upon hearing the Way puts it into practice
  • - The dimwit upon hearing the Way puts it into practice then loses it
  • - The midwit upon hearing the Way laughs at the entire premise
  • - If the midwit did not deride the Way, then it would not be the Way
  • - A virtuous man is not aware he is virtuous, thus he is virtuous
  • - A inferior man preforms to be virtuous, thus he is not virtuous
  • - A superior man does without trying, and thus acts in accordance with his nature
  • - An inferior man tries to act
  • - A superior man acts without trying
  • - Knowing others makes you clever
  • - Knowing yourself makes you enlightened
  • - Overcoming others merely requires force
  • - Overcoming yourself requires strength
  • - To know that you have enough is to be rich
  • - Enforce your will and perhaps it may come
  • - But don't and you will definitely endure
  • - Accept your days and you will have a long life
threads/sunny/archive/dao.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/29 06:21 by ariosophy