Tao Te Ching...
verse for today (*):
The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
The valley spirit, undying
Is called the Mystic Female
The gate of the Mystic Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth
It flows continuously, barely perceptible (translation by Derek Lin, 2006)
Utilize it; it is never exhausted
Life can be said to be the Nothing. (translation by Jeremy M. Miller, 2013)
The Nothing can be said to be Zero.
Those who speak too much can say, "It is like a goddess."
Those who know, always know it is beautiful yet modest in its Infinity.
Tao Te Ching
is a Chinese classic.
It was written around the 6th
century BC by the sage Lao Tzu
The short text consists of 81 brief chapters, or verses.
Every day we issue a "verse of the day" for contemplation
, in two leading English translations, that nevertheless differ substantially, and since December 8th
2013, we have a radically different third translation:
"Nothingness and Zero"
A Post New-Age Approach to Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, published by courtesy of the translator and interpreter.
© Copyright 2013 Jeremy M. Miller. All rights reserved.
Acknowledgments: The hundreds of prior translations, especially that by Arthur Waley.
To Pythagoras, who understood Zero and taught It; and to Chuang Tzu, the ideal poetic student.
The I Ching is based on the number 2, with its 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 (26
) = 64 hexagrams.
The Tao Te Ching is based on the number 3, with its 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 81 chapters.
We now offer it in three translations.
Perhaps, when reflecting on the three interpretations, the true meaning will emerge.
These 81 verses simply rotate; every day the next number, and after 81, number 1 will appear again.
This is done deliberately; if you want to read the complete text, you should purchase the resp. translations by Stephen Mitchell, Derek Lin or Jeremy M. Miller below.
(All three available in Kindle edition as well.)
If you missed yesterday's verse, you can still read it at I Ching Online.NET (version 3), which is always one day behind.