Tao 14

What we cannot see, we call invisible.
What we cannot hear, we call silent.
What we cannot come into contact with, we call untouchable.

These things, which seem like an absence,
are simply three ways of sensing the unknowable Tao.

We are no more enlightened by its presence
than we are left in darkness by its absence,
for it does not come and go, but simply is.
At one with something and nothing,
It is the shape and the shapeless,
the audible and the silent,
the seen and the unseen.

Can you live with one foot in the present and the other in deep mystery?
Can you follow the particles of Tao, as they arrange themselves in the most peculiar of orders?
Would you follow them back to their ancient source and confront the mother of all things?
This is called the balance of Tao.


All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you are so inclined, an updated version of our translation is available as an e-book, here.

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