The New Year and the Return 歸根

2 01 2010

Nai Endure

Coming off of a tough year, physically, my goal for 2010 is to “Endure.” I shall take a cue from Lao Zi, who wrote:

“The return to the root
is peace.
Peace: to accept what must be,
to know what endures.
In that knowledge is wisdom.
Without it, ruin, disorder.”

Each New Year my thoughts come round once more to the Daodejing and my favorite poem as translated by a great lady.

Returning to the Root
Chapter 16 of the Tao De Ching (Daodejing)

Be completely empty.
Be perfectly serene.
The ten thousand things arise together;
in their arising is their return.
Now they flower,
and flowering
sink homeward,
returning to the root.

The return to the root
is peace.
Peace: to accept what must be,
to know what endures.
In that knowledge is wisdom.
Without it, ruin, disorder.

To know what endures
is to be openhearted,
magnanimous,
regal,
blessed,
following the Tao,
the way that endures forever.
The body comes to its ending,
But there is nothing to fear.
 

© 1997 Ursula K. Le Guin

道德經
第十六章

歸根

致虛極,守靜篤,萬物並作,吾以觀復

夫物芸芸,各復歸其根。歸根曰
靜,靜曰復命。復命曰常,知常曰明。不知常,妄作凶。知常容,容乃公

公乃王,王乃天,天乃道,道乃久,沒身不殆。

© 362 BCE Lao Zi





The New Year and the Way

1 01 2009

The Blofeld Yijing says about this Western New Year for yours truly: “The Superior Man busies himself setting things in order.” This will be followed by: “The Superior Man, seeing what is good, imitates it; seeing what is bad, he corrects it.” 

 Winter, to me, always hearkens a return. My Le Guin translation of the Tao Te Ching reads:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning to the Root

Be completely empty.

Be perfectly serene.

The ten thousand things arise together;

in their arising is their return.

Now they flower,

and flowering

sink homeward,

returning to the root.

 

The return to the root

is peace.

Peace: to accept what must be,

to know what endures.

In that knowledge is wisdom.

Without it, ruin, disorder.

 

To know what endures

is to be openhearted,

magnanimous,

regal,

blessed,

following the Tao,

the way that endures forever.

The body comes to its ending,

But there is nothing to fear.

© 1997 Ursula K. Le Guin