Sunday, 28 June 2009

the conditioning of the opposites

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

(Tao Te Ching, poem 2. Translated by S. Mitchell)

Are we conditioned to know things by reference to other things, by comparison?

If this is so, can we perceive something that has no opposites, for instance oneness?

(photograph by Silvia Diaz Chica)

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