mystery of mysteries revisited

At this time we are experiencing a tremendous influx of information, much of which is contradictory and most is deeply disquieting. I am posting two of the classical translations of Verse One of the Tao Te Ching with the suggestion to contemplate the reconciliation of the opposites.

Be safe and remember to breathe and smile!




hsüan chih yu hsüan

(xuan zhi you xuan)

mystery of mysteries


Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching Verse One (several translations)

These two things spirit and matter, so different in nature, have the same origin. This unity of origin is the mystery of mysteries, but it is the gateway to spirituality.

(Translated by Dwight Goddard – 1919)


The Tao that can be told of

     Is not the Absolute Tao;

The Names that can be given

     Are not Absolute Names.

The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;

The Named is the Mother of All Things.


Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion

     In order to see the Secret of Life;

Oftentimes, one regards life with passion,

     In order to see its manifest forms.

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.

(Translated by Lin Yutang – 1942))




4 thoughts on “mystery of mysteries revisited

  1. What name shall we give it which hath no name, the common eternal matter of the mind? If we were to call it essence, some might think it meant perfume, or gold, or honey. It is not even mind. It is not even discussible, groupable into words; it is not even endless, in fact it is not even mysterious or inscrutably inexplicable; it is what is; it is that; it is this. We could easily call the golden eternity “This.” But “what’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. The golden eternity by another name would be as sweet. A Tathagata, a God, a Buddha by another name, an Allah, a Sri Krishna, a Coyote, a Brahma, a Mazda, a Messiah, an Amida, an Aremedeia, a Maitreya, a Palalakonuh, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 would be as sweet.

    *Jack Kerouac
    Scripture of the Golden Eternity

  2. 🙂
    Thank You so very much for sharing ~ all of It.
    What’s there to comment on.
    It’s a Mystery.


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