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Hidden Mystery

Seen some months ago in a fortune cookie, the enigmatic:

Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.

Fascinating and poetic — but what does it mean? The little slip of paper followed me around for many months, but finally today I searched and found its source: the first chapter of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient Chinese book of Daoist philosophy attributed to Laozi. Many other translations exist, but most are impenetrable or clunk-ugly. This one, by J. H. McDonald, seems to strike a balance between accuracy and beauty. Add it to the reading list ...

(cf. [1], [2], MysteryReligion (2005-02-08), ...) - ^z - 2011-07-17