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天地 - Heaven and Earth

English translation: James Legge [?]
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8 天地:
泰初有无,无有无名,一之所起,有一而未形。物得以生,谓之德;未形者有分,且然无间,谓之命;留动而生物,物成生理,谓之形;形体保神,各有仪则,谓之性。性修反德,德至同于初。同乃虚,虚乃大。合喙鸣,喙鸣合,与天地为合。其合缗缗,若愚若昏,是谓玄德,同乎大顺。
Heaven and Earth:
In the Grand Beginning (of all things) there was nothing in all the vacancy of space; there was nothing that could be named. It was in this state that there arose the first existence - the first existence, but still without bodily shape. From this things could then be produced, (receiving) what we call their proper character. That which had no bodily shape was divided; and then without intermission there was what we call the process of conferring. (The two processes) continuing in operation, things were produced. As things were completed, there were produced the distinguishing lines of each, which we call the bodily shape. That shape was the body preserving in it the spirit, and each had its peculiar manifestation, which we call its Nature. When the Nature has been cultivated, it returns to its proper character; and when that has been fully reached, there is the same condition as at the Beginning. That sameness is pure vacancy, and the vacancy is great. It is like the closing of the beak and silencing the singing (of a bird). That closing and silencing is like the union of heaven and earth (at the beginning). The union, effected, as it is, might seem to indicate stupidity or darkness, but it is what we call the 'mysterious quality' (existing at the beginning); it is the same as the Grand Submission (to the Natural Course).

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