Lao Zi speaks of the Sutra of Everlasting Peace (Qing Jing Jin)
Translated by LI Siming, 2010
In this very brief yet condensed article, Laozi summaries the nature of the Dao, describes the dynamics of human spirit, mind and desire, defines meaning of transcending desire, explains different levels of emptiness, clarifies the meaning of obtaining Dao, and illustrates how Dao brings everlasting Peace.
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Lao Zi speaks:
The great Dao does not limit to forms, it gives born to the heaven and earth;
The great Dao does not enslaved by sentiments, it runs the sun and the moon;
The great Dao does not have a name, it nurtures everything;
I don’t know its name, for convenience purpose i name it Dao.
It can be seen as clear and muddy, as mobile and still;
For example; Heaven is clear vs. earth is muddy, heaven is mobile vs. earth is still;
man is simple and woman is complex, man is mobile and woman is still.
Through the manifestation of the Dao, all things created.
Clarity is the source of muddiness, mobility is the foundation of stillness.
If man can abide in this everlasting inner peace, heaven and earth both go back to its source.
Man’s spirit likes to be clear, but the mind disturbs it;
Man’s mind likes quietness, but desire enslaves it.
When desire is transcended, mind will return to its quietness,
and when the mind is pure, the spirit will return to its clearness.
In this state, six desires will not arise, and three poisons will disappear.
If you cannot achieve this state, it is because the mind is not yet pure, and desire not yet transcended.
For those who can transcend (desire),
he look inside for the mind, and there is no mind;
he look outside for forms, and there is no form;
he look far away for things, and there is no thing.
With these three situations realised, one see emptiness;
One look at emptiness itself, and found it too is empty,
as there is nothing to be emptied of;
If there is no emptiness, then there is also no “non-emptiness”;
If there is no non-emptiness, then there is everlasting quietness.
If there is nothing to quiet, how could there be desire?
When desire does not arise, there is real quietness.
Face the world with this real-normalness, and you will receive a real-normal mind;
When you can face the world in this real-normalness and quietness, you achieve the everlasting inner peace.
When you realise this everlasting inner peace, you start to step into the real Dao;
When you live in the real Tao, although it names as if you receive the Dao,
actually there is nothing to be received;
For the purpose of sharing with the world, therefore we name it as receiving the Dao;
For those who realise this, can be transmitted this sacret Dao.
Lao Zi speaks:
Upper men does not argue, lower men like to argue;
Upper morality does not appear to be moral, lower morality fixated on rules.
Those who fixated on rules, does not understand real morality.
The reason why the mass public does not realise this real Dao is because, they attach themselves to a reckless mind.
For a reckless mind frightens the spirit, and a frightened spirit identifies itself with things;
Identification with things brings forth desire; and desire brings forth trouble.
Troubled mind and reckless thinking together, bring suffering to the body and mind;
As a result, one get irritated by the muddiness of the world, wander between live and death, sunk in the sea of suffering, and disconnected forever from the real Dao.
The real-normal Dao, realised person naturally obtain it,
Those who realised this Dao, therefore forever abide in everlasting peace.