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CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE
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Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Intro) : 35 Nature Mystic Chapters :
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01, 04, 06, 07, 08    09, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22, 23    26, 28, 29, 32, 35,
40, 43, 45, 47    48, 49, 51, 52, 56, 63, 67    70, 73, 77, 79.
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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Red Pine (1996)

Hold up the Great Image
and the world will come
and be beyond harm
safe serene and at one

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35abcd
(1) hold [in yourself] (2) the great (3) image
(4) heaven (5) below (6) arrives
(7) arriving (8) also (9) non- (10) harming
(11) rest (12) peace (13) contentment

fine food and song
detain passing guests
when the Tao speaks
it's senseless and plain
we look and don't see it
we listen and don't hear it
but we use it without end

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Holly Roberts (2005)

The world is drawn to one
with understanding of the Tao.

The sage journeys in secure, safe, calm peace.

Initially, passersby may stop,
seeking food and music.

Then, from the lips of such a sage,
they will learn of the Tao.

Seeking to taste of it,
they will find no taste.

Seeking to see it,
they will find no sights.

Seeking to hear it,
they will find no sound.

For it is in using its teachings,
that one attains understanding
of its eternal value.

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Chinese Character for Look at, Shi
LOOK AT / WATCH / CONSIDER (視 = Shi)
Pictograph = Show + See
"Look at it — not enough to be seen."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Sanderson Beck (2002)

Hold to the great form, and all the world follows,
following without meeting harm,
in health, peace, and happiness.
Music and delicacies to eat induce travelers to stay.
But the Way is mild to the taste.

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35g
(1) The Tao (2) the same (3) arising (4) tastes like (5) weak [tea]
(6) indeed (7) it is (8) without (9) flavor

Looked at, it is invisible.
Listened to, it is inaudible.
Applied, it is inexhaustible.

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Chinese Character for Hear, Listen, Wen
HEAR / LISTEN (聞 = Wen)
Pictograph = Ear + Door
"Listen to it — not enough to be heard."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35 (Guodian)
translated by Robert G. Henricks (2000)

Grasp the Great Image and the whole world will come;
Come, and suffer no harm, for security and peace will be great.

Music and sweets — for these travelers stop.
Consequently, when the Way utters words —
Bland and insipid! Their lack of flavor.

Look at it — not enough to be seen;
Listen to it — not enough to be heard,
Yet it cannot be exhausted.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Ha Poong Kim (2002)

Holding fast to the great form,
Go anywhere under Heaven.
Wherever you go, nothing can harm you —
You will be safe and in peace.
Music and fine food
Make the passing stranger stop.
When Tao comes out from the mouth,
How flavorless it is!
You look at it, but it is invisible,
You listen to it, but it is inaudible,
You use it, but it is inexhaustible.

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Walter Gorn Old (1904)

Attain to the Great Idea, and all the world
      will flock to you.

It will flock to you and will not be hurt therein,
for it will rest in a wonderful peace.

Where there is a festival the wayfarer will stay.

To the palate the Tao is insipid and tasteless.

In regarding it the eye is not impressed.

In listening to it the ear is not filled.

But in its uses it is inexhaustible.

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching / Chapter Thirty-Five in Seal Script
(Zhuanshu 篆文, with Wang Pi/ Wang Bi Version)
Chapter 35 Seal Script & Interlinear English
TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35abcd
(1) grasp/hold [in yourself] (2) the great (3) image
(4) heaven (5) below (6) arrives
(7) arriving (8) also (9) non- (10) harming
(11) rest (12) peace (13) [and] contentment

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35ef
(1) for music (2) and providing (3) cakes
(4) a passing (5) guest (6) will stop

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35g
(1) [but] the Tao (2) the same (3) arising (4) tastes like (5) weak [tea]
(6) indeed (7) it is (8) without (9) flavor

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) look for (2) the same (3) there's not (4) enough (5) to be seen
(6) listen for (7) the same (8) there's not (9) enough (10) to be heard
(11) put to use (12) the same (13) there's never (14) enough (15) to be used up

 
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Chao-Hsiu Chen (2004)

Embrace the appearance of Tao.
Everyone under the great Heaven will follow it,
yet no one tries to cause harm to it.
Peace and safety and equality will arise.

Banquets and delicacies are like passing guests:
they cannot last.

The Tao passes the mouth,
it cannot be tasted.

The Tao passes the eyes,
it cannot be seen.

The Tao passes the ears,
it cannot be heard.

Yet it can never be exhausted by use. [*]

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[*] EMILY DICKINSON says:
Emblem is immeasurable — that is why it is better
than fulfillment, which can be drained."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by John Chalmers (1868)

Lay hold on the great form (of Tao*),
and the whole world will go to you.
It will go to you and suffer no injury;
and its rest and peace will be glorious.

(If you have) music and dainties,
the passing stranger will stop (at your door).

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT 35ef
(1) for music (2) and providing (3) cakes
(4) a passing (5) guest (6) will stop

Tao, in its passing out of the mouth,
is weak and tasteless.
If you look at it, there is nothing to fill the eye.
If you listen to it, there is nothing to fill the ear.
But if you use it, it is inexhastible.

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[*] PLATO says:
"One must understand the language of Forms, collecting many sense impressions into a unity and remembering a knowledge we beheld aforetime."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
trans. by R. T. Ames & D. L. Hall (2003)

Seize the great image
And the world will flock to you.
Flocking to you they come to no harm,
And peace and security prevails.

Passing travelers will interrupt their journey
For music and fine fare.
But were way-making to be put into words:
It could be said to be so bland and insipid
that it has no taste.      

Look for it and there is nothing to see,
Listen for it and there is nothing to hear,
And yet in availing oneself of it,
it is inexhaustible.      

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Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Ellen M. Chen (1989)

Hold aloft the Great Image,
The whole world will go to it.
Going to it, they will meet with no harm,
Only safety, peace, and contentment.

When music and dainty dishes are offered, [*]
The passers-by stop.

Tao, when it is uttered by the mouth,
Is so bland it has no flavor.
When looked at, it is not enough to be seen.
When listened to, it is not enough to be heard,
When used, it is inexhaustible. [**]

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[*] ELLEN M. CHEN says:
"This chapter continues to sing a hymn to Tao
as the peace and benediction of the world."
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[**] RALPH WALDO EMERSON says:
"The simplicity of nature is not that which
is easily read, but is inexhaustible."

Chinese Character for Useful, Yong
USE / USEFULNESS (用 = Yong)
Pictograph = Divine + Center
"The great Form in use is inexhaustible."

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 35
translated by Raymond B. Blakney (1955)

Once grasp the great Form without form,
And you roam where you will
With no evil to fear,
Calm, peaceful, at ease.

At music and viands
The wayfarer stops.
But the Way, when declared,
Seems thin and so flavorless!

TAO TE CHING SEAL SCRIPT
(1) look for (2) the same (3) there's not (4) enough (5) to be seen
(6) listen for (7) the same (8) there's not (9) enough (10) to be heard
(11) put to use (12) the same (13) there's not (14) enough (15) to be used up

It is nothing to look at
And nothing to hear;
But used, it will prove Inexhaustible. [*]

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[*] EMILY DICKINSON says:
Of Life to own —
From Life to draw —
But never touch the Reservoir —

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