Tao Te Ching: Chapter 14 = Mystery
Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.
Above, it isn’t bright.
Below, it isn’t dark.
it returns to the realm of nothing.
Form that includes all forms,
image without an image,
subtle, beyond all conception.
Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.
Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 14 = Mystery = ram0ram wisdom note
many time people ask why Hindu observe SANDHAYA or evening prayers ….. one time someone asked what is nature of God …… told the person ….pure happiness …..so if any thing brings stress that is not God …… as light also brings stress so also darkness ….. evening is meeting point of light and darkness ….. the state of zero ….. so to explain it one can say God is light also and God is darkness also …..or God is neither light or darkness or explain as Lao Tse explains …..Above it is not bright below it is not dark …..
“While there is neither light nor darkness, neither sound nor silence, neither heard nor unheard, neither positive nor negative, neither sweet nor tasteless,only that which is constant and eternal pervades beyond creation and destruction”.
now Zero explained through a mythological story…
“O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described a supreme being other than me, a supreme being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?”
Prahlada then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlada answers He is in pillars, and he is in the least twig.
Hiranyakashipu the father ….. the symbol of logical intelligence …..the symbol of ego ….. unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and then following a tumultuous sound, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and in defence of Prahlada moves to attack his father.
In order to kill Hiranyakashipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha was chosen. Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by human, deva or animal, Narasimha is neither one of these, as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal. He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his thighs (neither earth nor space). Using his sharp nails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.
Even after killing Hiranyakashipu none of the present demigods were able to calm Narasimha’s fury, not even Shiva. So all the gods and goddesses called His consort, the goddess Lakshmi, but she was also unable to do so. Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahlada was presented to God ……. the childhood friend of God…
so the cosmic energy is neither feminine nor masculine …..neither human nor animal …… neither positive nor negative ……neither soul nor body ….. neither time nor timeless …..neither light nor darkness ….essence of this chapter is we can’t know it, but we can be it,……be aware ….be in oneness …..be a childhood friend of God …and to feel …..feel the evening …….SANDHYA ….the oneness of light and darkness …..taste of now ….taste of zero …..
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 14 = Mystery
Look at it, you cannot see it. It is invisible.
Listen to it, you cannot hear it. It is inaudible.
Reach for it, you cannot grasp it. It is intangible.
These three qualities are unfathomable
and so they fuse together and become one.
The upper part is not bright.
The lower part is not dark.
Ceaselessly the Unnamed moves back to nothingness.
It has the form of the formless,
the image of the imageless.
It is indefinable and shadowy.
Go up to it and you will not see its front.
Follow it and you will not see its back.
Yet, hold fast to this ancient Tao
and you will experience the present now-moment.
Know its beginnings and you can follow the path of the Tao.
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