Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 4

I've noticed I haven't posted a Tao chapter in a while...and DON'T even get me started on William Jame's book Varieties of a Religious Experiment that isn't going to get read until at least this summer :-(

Anyways, here is Chapter four. Oh, and not that anyone cares, well maybe, but I can't find the copy I was using so I am using a different one...this one is translated by Ralph Alan Dale and will probably be the one I will use from here on out. It's a beautiful copy with nice "zen" pictures and commentary on each chapter.

Chapter 4: The Great Integrity

The Great Integrity is an endless abyss,
Yet, it is the inexhaustible fertile
source of the universe.

It blunts all sharpness,
unites the entangled,
and merges with the dust!

Hidden but ever present--
this parent of the gods--
whose child may it be?

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