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.
excerpt from Tao Te Ching Ch 1, Lao Tzu
Translated by Lin Yutang
hsüan = mystery, first cause
chih = (it) becomes
yu = again, ~to a higher degree
hsüan = mysterious, primal
(excerpt from the Tao Te Ching, Ch 1)
Many say that Chapter One of Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” contains the essence of his teachings and if one would contemplate this chapter deeply, that is all the guidance one needs to find fulfillment and awakening. Here is the entire chapter in the translation by Lin Yutang and also a link to a page with further translations.
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