Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tao Te Ching, Verses 51-52

Every being in the universe
is an expression of the Tao.
It springs into existence,
unconscious, perfect, free,
takes on a physical body,
lets circumstances complete it.
That is why every being
spontaneously honors the Tao.

The Tao gives birth to all beings,
nourishes them, maintains them,
cares for them, comforts them, protects them,
takes them back to itself,
creating without possessing,
acting without expecting,
guiding without interfering.
That is why love of the Tao
is in the very nature of things.

In the beginning was the Tao.
All things issue from it;
all things return to it.

Another way of looking at it is:

Simplicity is something that our
Fundamental nature inherently
Possesses. If we prepare in
Advance and nurture it within
Ourselves, then wherever we happen to
Be, whether in wealth and high rank,
Or poverty and low status,
In foreign lands, or in difficult
Circumstances, we deal with
Whatever situation we are in
By retaining our simplicity there.
It is not increased when we do great
Deeds or reduced when we are
Dwelling in obscurity.
Wherever we go, we are at peace,
Because we have found simplicity.

- Nie Bao (1487-1563)


The Tao could be seen as subatomic particles and their physical properties.

Matter is just condensed energy. The Tao could be seen as pure energy. Energy which animates matter is one aspect of it.
But what came first? Matter to create energy, the reverse or a spontaneous combination?
According to the cosmologists, particle physics, and Einstein, energy came first. As the Universe cooled, energy condensed to become particles which became atomic matter. Nothing became something in a sense.
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