Tao Te Ching

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Taoing

The way you can go
isnít the real way.
The name you can say
isnít the real name,

Heaven and earth
begin in the unnamed:
nameís the mother
of the ten thousand things.

So the unwanting soul
sees whatís hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants.

Two things, one origin,
but different in name,
whose identity is mystery.
Mystery of all mysteries!
The door to the hidden.

A satisfactory translation of this chapter is, I believe, perfectly impossible. It contains the book. I think of it as the Aleph, in Borges’s story: if you see it rightly, it contains everything.
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