When I first read this I didn’t understand much of it and was uncomfortable in the presence of its mystery. Then, after a while, I thought I understood it all and the mystery had been resolved. Then I went further on and its mystery returned. Now I am able to be in the fullness of its mystery without any reaching out for understanding.
In the beginning of beginnings was void of void, the Nameless.
And in the Nameless was the One, without body, without form.
This One – this being in whom all find power to exist –
Is the Living.
From the Living comes the Formless, the Undivided.
From the act of this Formless, comes the Existents, each according
To its inner principle. This is Form. Here body embraces and cherishes spirit.
The two work together as one, blending and manifesting their
Characters. And this is Nature.
But he who obeys Nature returns through Form and Formless
To the Living
And in the Living
Joins the unbegun Beginning.
The joining is Sameness. The sameness is Void. The void is infinite.
The bird opens its beak and sings its note
And then the beak comes together again in Silence.
So Nature and the Living meet together in Void.
Like the closing of the bird’s beak
After its song.
Heaven and earth come together in the Unbegun
And all is foolishness, all is unknown, all is like
The lights of an idiot, all is without mind.
To obey is to close the beak and fall into Unbeginning.
– Chuang Tzu