The Book of the Right Way of Laozi – 25

25

Before the universe came into being, there was chaos and confusion.
Solitary, empty, that alone was changeless.
It gives rise to time, yet is impervious to time.
Truly, it is the mother of everything that exists.
I do not know what to call it.
I am forced to call it the method.
Thus forced, I shall call it the primary.
That which is primary I shall call beyond life.
That which is beyond life I shall call ultimate.
That which is ultimate I shall call contrary.
Therefore, the method is primary.
The universe is primary.
The world is primary.
Humanity, too, is primary.
Thus, the four primaries are the ultimate realities,
And humanity is counted amongst them.
Humans follow the world; the world follows the universe; the universe follows the method.
The method follows its own course, which is the perfect way of reality itself.

 

有物混成,先天地生。寂兮寥兮,獨立不改,周行而不殆,可以為天下母。吾不知其名,字之曰道,強為之名曰大。大曰逝,逝曰遠,遠曰反。故道大,天大,地大,王亦大。域中有四大,而王居其一焉。人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。

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