Chapter 1 : 道可道,非常道。

道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。

无名天地之始。有名万物之母。

故常无欲以观其妙。常有欲以观其徼。

此两者同出而异名,同谓之玄。

玄之又玄,众妙之门。

 

The path that can be describe, is not THE PATH (Dao).

A Name cannot fully describe & encompass everything.

The beginning has no name,  all things that can be named, is never eternal or everlasting.

 

Before the universe, chaos & emptiness ; there is Dao.

With the beginning of universe, thus begins the Dao of nature.

Living beings living in the universe, will have its guiding path.

The living Dao is shown in every aspect of nature & this natural Dao is also the essence of the universal Dao.

Dao in different circumstances, has different meaning, and yet it remains inseparable.

道 (Dao)

Dao is the way of universe

Dao is the way of nature

Dao is the path of life

 

A cook following a recipe, will not make a master chef

A doctor reading a manual, will not make a skilled surgeon

A book can impart knowledge, only time can acquire artistry

Wisdom & artistry is not Dao, the journey is part of Dao…

Bronzeware script 道-bronze.svg

The 3 Chinese characters are the historical forms of the character 道

The Bamboo & silk script; Large seal script; Bronze inscriptions

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