Mystery Within Mystery

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Mystery Within Mystery

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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