POEMS FROM CHINA: “Look it cannot be seen” by Lao Tzu

Look, it cannot be seen – it is beyond form.

Listen, it cannot be heard – it is beyond sound.

Grasp, it cannot be held – it is intangible.

These three are indefinable, they are one.


From above it is not bright;

From below it is not dark:

Unbroken thread beyond description.

It returns to nothingness.

Form of the formless,

Image of the imageless,

It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.


Stand before it – there is no beginning.

Follow it and there is no end.

Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.


Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

by Lao Tzu


This poems is referring to “the path.” Lao Tzu states that it is a mystical, formless thing which cannot be seen, heard, or held. It is not even imaginable.

Lao Tzu’s famous work, Tao Te Ching. The work later led to the creation of both the philosophical Taoism which is most associated with harmony and leading a simple life. Taoism is best known for its tiajitu (commonly misnamed as Yin and Yang) and the Bagua.

Reference: http://www.poemofquotes.com/laotzu/




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