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first written down by me KO YUEN (LAO-TZU) in the Episode of the Dynasty of Wu and now made into a Rime by me ALEISTER CROWLEY

A∴ A∴ PUBLICATION IN CLASS B Imprimatur: O.S.V. 6°=5☐ Imperator

 

I

LAO KUN THE MASTER SAID:

……….TAO IS DEVOID OF FORM -

YET HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE BROUGHT TO BIRTH,

……….AND NURTURED BY ITS NORM.

TAO HATH NO WILL TO WORK;

……….YET BY ITS WAY OF HEAVEN

THE MOON AND SUN REJOICE TO RUN

……….AMONG THE STARRY SEVEN.

TAO HATH NO NAME; ITS WORD

………. IS GROWTH, AND SUSTENANCE

TO ALL; I AIM TO GIVE IT NAME:

……….TAO (HEAVEN PROSPER CHANCE!)

TAO HATH TWIN PHASE WITH TEH:

……….THE SILENT AND THE STRESSED.

OF MOTION, THOSE; OF THESE, REPOSE

……….SUBLIMELY MANIFEST

HEAVEN MOVES, PURE SILENCE HE;

………. EARTH RESTS BENEATH THE STRAIN;

SHUTTLE AND LOOM, AS WORD AND WOMB,

……….THEIR MYSTERY SUSTAIN
PURE MOTION MAKETH REST

………. AS SILENCE MAKETH STRESS.

IF MAN WERE STILL, THEN HEAVEN SHOULD THRILL

……….WITH EARTH TO NOTHINGNESS.

SELF LOVETH SILENCE. YEA,

………. BUT MIND DISTRACTETH IT.

MIND LOVETH REST; BUT PASSION'S PEST

……….ALLURES THE TREMBLING WIT.

IF MAN RESTRAIN DESIRE,

……….HIS MIND WILL CEASE TO ROLL,

AND MIND'S RELEASE ALLOW PURE PEACE

……….OF SILENCE TO THE SOUL.

THE SENSES WILL NOT SOIL;

………. THE THOUGHT WILL NOT UPSTRESS;

NOR POISONS (GREED, WRATH, DULNESS) BREED

……….THEIR TRIFORM DEADLINESS.
MEN EARN NOT EASE OF TAO

………. FOR THEIR DESIRE'S DISEASE;

BECAUSE THEIR MIND IS NOT REFINED

……….OF THOUGHT BY KILLING THESE.

IF ONE SHOULD SLAY DESIRES,

……….HIS MIND AND BODY SEEM

NO LONGER HIS, BUT PHANTASIES

……….DANCED IN A WANTON'S DREAM.

SLAY MIND, SLAY BODY, SLAY

………. THE EXTERNAL: MATTER GOES.

THEN SPACE REMAINS; RENEW THY PAINS!

……….UP! FRONT THE FINAL FOES!

II

LAO KUN THE MASTER SAID:

……….THE ADEPT IN SKILL OF SOUL

HATH NEVER AN AIM: THE BUNGLERS SHAME

……….IS THAT HE GROPES A GOAL.

WHO MOST POSSESS THE TEH

………. CONCEAL THEIR MAGICK POWER;

WHO LEAST POSSESS EXERT THEIR STRENGTH

……….SEVEN TIMES IN EVERY HOUR.

THESE, WHO CLING FAST TO POWERS,

………. WHO GUARD THEM, AND DISPLAY

THEIR MAGICK ART - THEY ARE NOT PART

……….OF TAO NOR YET OF TEH.

MEN WIN NOT TRUTH OF TAO

………. BECAUSE THEIR MINDS ARE WRIED.

THE MIND UNCURBED, THE SELF'S PERTURBED,

……….AND LOSES TUNE OF TIDE.

LOST, THE EXTERNAL LURES;

………. THEY TURN TO SEEK IT: THEN

ALL THINGS PERPLEX, CONFUSE, AND VEX

……….THOSE MISERABLE MEN.

DISORDERED THOUGHTS ARISE;

………. BODY AND MIND GROW SICK.

DISGRACE AND FEAR GROW YEAR BY YEAR

……….TO THEIR CLIMACTERIC.

WILD, THEY ARE TOSSED ABOUT

……….THROUGH LIFE AND DEATH; THEY QUIVER,

SUNK IN SEA-STRESS OF BITTERNESS,

……….AND LOSE THE TAO FOR EVER.

THE TRUE, THE ABIDING TAO!

………. WHO UNDERSTANDETH HATH;

WHO HATH THE TAO IS HERE AND NOW

……….IN SILENCE OF THE PATH

SLAY SPACE; THEN NAUGHT ABIDES.

……….HOLD NOT THY HOLY HAND!

WHEN NAUGHT GIVES BACK BEFORE THE ATTACK,

……….SERENE THY SILENCE STAND!

ALL'S REST, DEVOID OF MARK;

……….HOW SHOULD DESIRES FIX TOOTH?

WHEN THEY ARE PAST, THOU SURELY HAST

……….THE SILENCE OF THE TRUTH.

FLAWLESS THAT TRUTH AND FIXED,

………. YET APT TO EACH APPEAL

NATURE AND SENSE TO INFLUENCE -

……….THE MAGNET TO THE STEEL!

OH! THIS TRUE TOUCH WITH ALL

……….ELASTIC AND EXACT

THAT YET ABOVE THEIR TIDES -

……….THE SILENCE FREE FROM ACT!

HE THAT HATH THIS SHALL COME

………. LITTLE BY LITTLE, A BREATH,

SO FLOWETH HE NOW, TO TRUTH OF TAO,

……….WHEREIN HE VANISHETH.

MEN STYLE HIM LORD OF TAO,

………. YET HE HATH NONE TO LORD.

HID MOTIVE HE OF ALL THAT BE:

……….ENOUGH FOR HIS REWARD!

HE THAT CAN COMPREHEND

………. THIS DOCTRINE MAY TRANSMIT

THIS SACRED TAO TO MEN THAT VOW

……….THEMSELVES TO FATHOM IT.

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