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   The feet always firmly on the ground ... movements

   intrinsically beautiful and at the same time charged

   with symbolic meaning. Thought taking shape in

   ritual and stylised gesture. The body transformed

   into a hieroglyph, a succession of hieroglyphs, of

   attitudes modulating from significance to significance,

   like a poem or a piece of music. Movements of the

   muscles representing movements of the consciousness ...

   It's meditation in action; the metaphysics of the

   Mahayana expressed not in words, but through

   symbolic movements and gestures.


                                                                      Aldous Huxley "Island"

    [IT] IS the 2nd century BC Ink-on-silk manuscript of the Tao Te Ching

   to the left of the picture above, which best exemplifies for me these

   words of wisdom from Ursula Le Guin RIP in A Small Dark Light ...

      It is the profound modesty of the language that

    offers what so many people for so many centuries

    have found in this book: a pure apprehension of

    the mystery of which we are part.”


   TAO begot ONE - Silence within, laughter without and forever a smile

   on your face - reflecting from without & transmitting from within,

   the everlasting light - which emanates from the splitting of kindling

   wood and the lifting of a stone - & which fills the cup of life once


     The TAO that can be told is not the eternal TAO

     The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
     The nameless is the beginning of heaven & earth.
     The named is the mother of 10,000 things.
     Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
     Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.

  These two spring from the same source but differ in name

     this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness.                     

     The gate to ALL mystery.

                                                                Tao Te Ching



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