The way which can be traversed isn’t the real way;
The name which can be called out isn’t the everlasting name.
Unnameable is the source of the Universe;
When named it is the master of a thousand things.
The desire-less soul can see through mysteries;
The desirous soul seeks physical manifestations.
But, mysteries and manifestations germinate from the same source.
And this secret alone is the pathway to all understanding!
In many ways the above verses are a paradox and take time to fathom. All titles and respectable names we confer on ourselves are nothing but specs of dust, which we utilize to feed our pride. Such nomenclature helps us to associate with an entity. However we are not an object, but rather a way seeking itself.
Names never existed prior to the creation of the world. Hence the source of the universe is unnameable. It can only be named once it manifests as the physical universe.
If we live in a desire free state, we can unravel deep hidden mysteries; but when we are filled with desires, we crave physical signs and wonders. The verses above counsel us to let go off the desire to see the mystery, which might actually then reveal itself!
Allowing things to be the way they are, happens when we are in a desire-less state. We should all turn inward and observe where we are on the scale between desiring and allowing. Allow the creation to reveal itself without struggling to figure it all out. Sometimes, it is best to let things be, since everything will eventually span out in blissful harmony.
Don’t strive to comprehend relationships with your spouse, children, parents, friends etc., because when hopes are shattered, it is the best time to practice allowing things to be the way they are. Be a wise observer. Listen more and judge less. This will lead us to enjoying the mesmerizing ambiguities and appreciating the captivating insecurities.
The above is my humble attempt to translate and interpret Verse 1 of the Tao Te Ching written originally by Lao Tzu some thousands of years ago (Before Christ). Whether you appreciate it or not, please allow it to be!
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