When you listen but cannot hear,
you call it inaudible.
When you touch but cannot feel,
you call it formless.
These things cannot be known
and so are blended into one.
The top is not light,
The bottom is not dark.
Infinitely infinite – it cannot be named.
Returning again to that which has no existence,
A form without form, suddenly indistinct.
Facing it, you will not see its face.
Following it, you will not see its back.
Stay with the Timeless Tao –
In order to master the here and now.
Understanding the Primal Origin –
This is the tradition of Tao.
Translation at: http://taotechingdaily.com/14-the-nameless/#sthash.peqtnqdv.dpuf
Language forms the pathways of individual thought. And language is basically an assemblage of labels applied to things seen through our human mechanism.
But what is labeled? What exists before eye and ear and skin are formed, before the open grid of the human perceptual mechanism appears in the cosmos?
What is a tree before we see it through the mechanism of our perception? What is it before we perceive it as discrete and separate and give it a form, a shape, a taste, a sound, a sensation upon the fingertips, a label of its own, and file that label in the lexicon of mind?
The sage counsels us to remember this universal, whole “Is-ness” as we experience our local, separate business in it. We can master the here and now when we remain aware of the Timeless Tao, the source of all things our consciousness has derived.
Aldous Huxley, in his great work The Perennial Philosophy, referred to a “divine ground,” the source of all religions and philosophies. It’s a good expression of the root of the Timeless Tao.
First, there is the Primal Origin, inseparable and whole.
Now comes the beholder, and the act of beholding creates the Divine Ground.
The beholder then perceives – and is at once discrete, individualized. And so the forms of personal perception are created.
The sage tells us to remember what we beheld before we perceived it, to see what we saw before we “saw” it, to hear what we heard before we “heard” it, to touch what we touched before we “felt” it, to know what we knew before we labeled it.
That’s the essence of Love. To behold, and not label.
Behold and you will know the beloved. Label and you will “see” only yourself.