Portrait of Taoist monk 1945.
Who is Nature and Who is all that is manifested from her? We did not see her diminished by that which was manifested from her, or increased by the not-being of aught manifested that was other than she.
To be poured into without becoming full, and pour out without becoming empty, without knowing how this is brought about,—this is the art of ‘Concealing the Light’.
(Chuang-tse; ch. II)
Gods boundlesse mercy is (to sinfull man)
Like to the ever-wealthy Ocean:
Which though it sends forth thousand streams, ’tis ne’re
Known, or els seen to be the emptier:
And though it takes all in, ’tis yet no more
Full, and fild-full, then when full-fild before.
As God willed no longer to remain in Himself, alone, therefore created He the soul and gave Himself in great love to her alone. Whereof art thou made, O Soul, that thou soarest so high over all creatures and whilst mingling in the Holy Trinity, yet remainest complete in thyself?
(Mechthild of Magdeburg)
'Wen-Tzu: Understanding the Mysteries'
By Lao zi (Author), Thomas Cleary (Translator)
Lao-tzu, the legendary sage of ancient China, is traditionally considered to be the author of the Tao Te Ching, one of the most popular classics of world literature. Now Lao-tzu's further teachings on the Tao, or Way, are presented here in the first English translation of the Chinese text known as the Wen-tzu.Although previously ignored by Western scholars, the Wen-tzu has long been revered by the Chinese as one of the great classics of ancient Taoism. In it, Lao-tzu shows that the cultivation of simplicity and spontaneity is essential to both the enlightened individual and the wise leader. This timeless work will appeal to a broad audience of contemporary readers who have come to consider Lao-tzu's Tao Te Chinga classic on the art of living.