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post Jul 03, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Tao Te Ching; Chapter 42:

"The Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.

The ten thousand things carry yin and embrace yang.
They achieve harmony by combining these forces.

Men hate to be 'orphaned,' 'widowed,' or 'worthless,'
But this is how kings and lords describe themselves.

For one gains by losing
And loses by gaining.

What others teach, I also teach; that is:
'A violent man will die a violent death!'
This will be the essence of my teaching."




I love this chapter of the Tao. It describes division and union.

The "One" can be divided into two polar opposites, yin and yang, man and woman, light and dark, strong and weak, up and down. Yin cannot exist without yang. Light cannot exist without dark. Up cannot exist without down. Without yin and yang, there would exist only monism. But without the relationship between yin and yang, there would only exist dualism; two poles with no middle ground.

The relation between yin and yang creates a third entity, which gives rise to "ten thousand things." These ten thousand things signify every object in existence. Yin exists only in relation to yang. Light exists only in relation to dark. Up exists only in relation to down.

When yin is active yang is passive, but still present. I might be actively walking 'up' the stairs, but only because 'down' exists passively.

The relationship between yin and yang is what creates everything of essence! This relationship explains why there does not exist a singularity or a dualism. It is why the universe is so intricate and beautiful!
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post Jul 04, 2008, 07:04 PM
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Tao Te Ching Chapter 2:

"All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have what ugliness is; they all know the skill in the skillful, and in doing this they have what the want of skill is.

So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one the other; that length and shortness fashion out the one the figure of the other; that height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another."
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post Jul 06, 2008, 06:21 AM
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There is no such thing as absolute yin or absolute yang. Within yin, there exists the seed of yang. Within yang, there exists the seed of yin. Neither is absolutely pure.

If this be so, then within the seed of yin there exists yang, and within the seed of yang there exists yin. Yin in yang in yin in yang. This pattern repeats infinitely.

Thus, no absolute duality exists because there are no true absolutes. This is the essence of balance and of oneness.


"The yin-yang principle is not, therefore, what we would ordinarily call a dualism, but rather an explicit duality expressing an implicit unity" ----Alan Watts
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