Saturday, February 12, 2011

Classic Poetry - (Look, It cannot be Seen by Lao Tzu)

Look, It Cannot be Seen

Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one.

From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.

Stand before it - there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

~ Lao Tzu

Here is a classic poem that not many may know.  We have gone a way from the old brits and english and read a bit from the father of Taosim. What are your thoughts on this poem?  What are your thoughts on Lao Tzu? Do you have any poems or anything else written by him you prefer? Please feel free to share your thoughts on either the poem or Lao Tzu in the comment section below.

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  1. Stray too far from the 'old Brits' and the danger is you might fall into a claptrap.

  2. I have books - the Tao Te Ching, which I think is attributed to Lao Tzu. Beautiful and profound thoughts on the nature of the universe according to Taoism. There are variations in the translations from the Chinese, some being better than others.

  3. I left my name and URL on the I Want to Be Included post!

  4. Poets, U,

    The TTC is indeed a book of poetry -- 'Eastern' thought is difficult for me, since I always seem to be looking for the condiments.

    But that's the whole point! Seeing through 'the concrete' to the Real . . . whose name is simply the Way . . .


  5. LOL Jacob. It seems I've roused you enough to get a response with my "Old Brits" comment lol.


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