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The Condition to See the Tao


    Always without desire we must be found,
    If its deep mystery we would sound;
    But if desire always within us be,
    Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
    (Tao-te ching, ch. 1, 3, James Legge version.)


External boundaries are only the form of contemplated thing, and not its content or meaning. What we see in general is what we think or more precisely what we wish. Our vision is corrupted by desire. In order to see what it really is, we must maintain an equal attitude and a sovereign calm. This is the Taoist way of knowing the Tao.

Note: I prefer here to render the word "Tao" as "meaning", close to the Jungian concept of the archetype of the wise old man.

Commentary by Jhian


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