“The nameless and what is named”
Dao de jing
Wawy-making (dao) that can be put into words is not really way-making,
And naming (ming) that can assign fixed reference to things is not really naming.
The nameless (wuming) is the fetal beginnings of everything that is happening (wanwu),
While that which is named is their mother.
Thus, to be really objectless in one’s desires (wuyyu) is how one observes the mysteries of all things,
While really having desires is how one observes their boundaries.
These two– the nameless and what is named –emerge from the same source yet are referred to differently.
Together they are called obscure.
The obscurest of the obscure,
They are the swining gateway of manifold mysteries.