Friday, November 26, 2010

Line by Line - Verse 15, Line 2

and were deep (also) so as to elude men's knowledge.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~

The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~

Depths that cannot be discerned
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~

They were deep. Real deep.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
In describing those mythic ancient sages, it is said that their knowledge goes beyond anything that can be defined. Since Tao genuinely cannot be defined, any person who tries to follow the Way chooses to move with the flow of a stream with no bottom.

If we can be open to all that is, then we become filled with a breadth that knows no boundaries.

To view the Index page for this series to see what you may have missed or would like to read again, go here.

1 comment:

  1. In the garden a mother feeds her child. (mother robin feeds baby a worm).
    Tao can be defined but not with a concept. Drop all concepts and you are following the way. No concept no conflict.
    Thank you so much for this place. What a nice surprise.

    ReplyDelete

Comments are unmoderated, so you can write whatever you want. We may respond...or we may not. It depends on the mood and preferences of the specific author of the post. Ta-Wan generally responds in a timely manner. Trey responds some of the time and Scott rarely replies (due to limited internet access). You can be assured that all comments are read by this blog's two administrators: Ta-Wan & Trey.