Verse 1

A way that can be walked 
    is not The Way 
    
A name that can be named 
    is not The Name 
    
Tao is both Named and Nameless 
As Nameless, it is the origin of all things 
As Named, it is the mother of all things 
    
A mind free of thought, 
    merged within itself, 
    beholds the essence of Tao 
    
A mind filled with thought, 
    identified with its own perceptions 
    beholds the mere forms of this world 
    
Tao and this world seem different 
    but in truth they are one and the same 
The only difference is in what we call them 
    
How deep and mysterious is this unity 
    How profound, how great! 
It is the truth beyond the truth, 
    the hidden within the hidden 
It is the path to all wonder, 
    the gate to the essence of everything!  
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