14 May 2017 \\ by Marina Danilova
True Nature. Devine Origin. Heaven Principle. Centre. True Self. Absolute. Dao. God.
As long as we use the language - a product of our heart/mind dichotomy - it will always evade our attempt to define it in words. It starts where our dichotomy stops.
Names can name no lasting name.
Nameless: the origin of heaven and earth.
Naming: the mother of ten thousand things.
Empty of desire, perceive mystery.
Filled with desire, perceive manifestations.1
We don’t need to name it to know it. Without it - life is not possible. Without an awareness of connection to it - lasting happiness and harmony are not possible.
Art can get us close to it. So can quieting our mind. Praying. Feeling grateful. Acting compassionately. Loving.
Reading masters of the past and present deepens the understanding of it. Reading, geting inspired, and practicing, practicing, practicing…
Recommended reading (in no particular order):
1 Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, translation Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombargo
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