Sufi Light on the Tao Te Ching

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Ineffable (Tao), about which is spoken, is not the eternal Ineffable.
A name for the Unnameable, is but a name.
The Unnameable is what makes everything what it is,
By naming things you divide the Indivisible.

Only one who gives up all his desires can experience the Indivisible Essence,
One who still cherishes desires, will experience the Manifestations.
Both will see the same reality, but experience it differently.

The unity of Essence and Manifestations is said to be the mystery.
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders.

~ Tao Te Ching

La ilaha – Negate all false names. Only that Ultimate Reality now bear witness that the Unnameable alone IS. Shahida-Llahu ‘AnnaHu La ilaha illa Hu. – Qur’an 3:18

Who is more wrong than one who invent a lie, a conjecture about the Ultimate Reality?  - Qur’an 6:93

Thus whatever one speak about the Ultimate Reality never can do justice. Huwa as-Samad, the Ultimate Reality is Eternal. al-Qayyum – the Peerless. Huwa Allahu Ahad – That One is Indivisible  - Qur’an 112:1

That Reality is both al-Zahir and al-Batin, The Manifest and the Essence. It is both the First and the Last, al-Awwal wa al-Akhir.  - Qur’an 57:3)

Whatever in the Heaven and Earth are in a constant state of awe from the great wonder of the Great Mystery.  - Qur’an 57:1

Ya Haqq!

Note: Reposted and edited, with gratitude, to Sadiq Alam and the Technology of the Heart blog.

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2 Responses to Sufi Light on the Tao Te Ching

  1. JazakAllah khair for the post.

  2. From the Qur’an one can sieve all texts from Vedas to beyond… and see their reflections in God’s great Pond… rippling outward. Thanks for this… Ya Hayy!

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