Tao Te Ching Chapter 1

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.

Tao Te Ching