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martedì 31 gennaio 2012

The Mother of all things

I've started this blog to share my love for chinese culture. Let's start with something as classic as immortal like the Daodejing which is one of the richest, most suggestive, and most popular works of philosophy and literature. Composed in China between the late sixth and the late fourth centuries b.c., its enigmatic verses have inspired artists, philosophers, poets, religious thinkers, and general readers down to our own times.
This one is first stanza from the Daodejing


(Embodying the Dao)
The Dao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Dao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name. (Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things .
Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
Under these two aspects, it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery. Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.

3 commenti:

  1. I really love things that relate to philosophy and life in general. It makes me feel like I'm chasing after something that is so important but can't get to, I still want to catch it though.

    Really interesting post, following!

  2. The Chinese culture is so rich and wonderful! Great post! Following!