The Lao Tzu … beginning of the ten thousand things


The way can be spoken of
is not the constant way.
The name that is defined
is not the constant name.

The nameless characterizes
the beginning of the ten thousand things;
The named characterizes the mother
of the ten thousand things.

So the unwanting soul
sees what’s 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.