Tao Te Ching

by Vincenzo Iafrati

A recent Commissioned Project includes original music for a documentary film on the "Tao Te Ching," by Lao-tzu. This will include 81 verses, with each verse having separate original music.

Verse 25 | Tao Te Ching

Verse 25

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.

I call it great.
great is boundless;
boundless is eternally flowing;
ever flowing, it is constantly returning.

Therefore, the Way is great,
heaven is great,
earth is great,
people are great.

Thus, to know humanity,
understand earth.
to know earth,
understand heaven.
to know heaven,
understand the Way.
to know the Way,
understand the great within yourself.