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silence

January 5, 2015

If  I were a doctor and asked for my advice, I should reply: Create silence! Bring men to silence.  The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today.  Therefore create silence. – Kierkegaard

Photo by by Fred Alix (cc) Flickr

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.
Seamless, unnamable,
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.

– Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 14 (translation by S Mitchell)

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