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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Outer Chapters -> The Revolution of Heaven -> 3.4

'In the last part (of the performance), I employed notes which did not have that wearying effect.
I blended them together as at the command of spontaneity.
Hence they came as if following one another in confusion, like a clump of plants springing from one root,
or like the music of a forest produced by no visible form.
They spread themselves all around without leaving a trace (of their cause);
and seemed to issue from deep obscurity where there was no sound.
Their movements came from nowhere;
their home was in the deep darkness
- conditions which some would call death,
and some would call life;
some would call the fruit,
and some would call (merely) the flower.
Those notes, moving and flowing on, separating and shifting,
and not following any regular sounds,
the world might well have doubts about them,
圣人 and refer them to the judgment of a sage,
for the sages understand the nature of this music, and judge in accordance with the prescribed (spontaneity).
While the spring of that spontaneity has not been touched, and yet the regulators of the five notes are all prepared
- this is what is called the music of Heaven,
delighting the mind without the use of words.
Hence it is said in the eulogy of the Lord of Yan,
"You listen for it, and do not hear its sound;
you look for it, and do not perceive its form;
it fills heaven and earth;
。’ it envelopes all within the universe."
You wished to hear it, but could not take it in;
and therefore you were perplexed.


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