but don't see it|
and call it indistinct
we listen but don't hear it
and call it faint
we reach but don't grasp it
and call it ethereal
three failed means to knowledge
we weave into one
with no light above
with no shade below
too fine to be named
returning to nothing
this is the formless form
the immaterial image
this is the waxing waning
we meet without seeing its face
we follow without seeing its back
holding onto this very Way
we rule this very realm
and discover its ancient past
this is the thread of the Way.
translated by Red Pine
Ripe fruit, crisp
greens, live grain.
Vital roots, tender meat,
Growing essence nourishes your
Essence alloyed with breath
makes you flexible
The sage's body is armored.
The sage is impervious to death.
Those who follow Tao speak of three
treasures in the body: essence, breath, and spirit.
Essence is the biochemical aspect of
your body, nurtured by the food
you eat, and regulated by the quality of your hormones. Therefore, all
your food should be packed and glowing with energy. Eat food as close
to its source as possible. Pray before you eat, for everything that you
take, whether plant or animal, is living. You must consume to survive,
but when you die, acknowledge that you will become food for others.
To build the breath, work and exercise
diligently. Build stamina and
discipline yourself. You will gain great flexibility combined with the
hardened flesh, and you ill be graceful. Immunity to minor physical
traumas as well as many kinds of illness will be yours.
The ultimate training of the spirit
begins with the question of death.
The sages see beyond dying. Though they must die, they also know that
nothing is lost because no one owns body or mind anyway. Those who
follow Tao safeguard themselves and live their spirituality with a
realistic appreciation of death. The establishment of essence, breath,
and spirit is like warning armor; the travails of the world mean
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When people no longer fear authority
a greater authority will appear
don't restrict where people dwell
don't repress how people live
if they aren't repressed
they won't protest
thus the sage knows herself
but doesn't reveal herself
she loves herself
but doesn't exalt herself
thus she picks this over that
Dao de Jing # 72
translated by Red Pine