The beginning of the sustenance of life

by Sun Buer

English version by Thomas Cleary
Original Language Chinese

The beginning of the sustenance of life
Is all in yin and yang.
The limitless can open up
The light of the great limit.
Diligently polished, the mirror of the mind
Is bright as the moon;
The universe in a grain
May rise, or it may hide.

-- from Immortal Sisters: Secret Teachings of Taoist Women, Edited by Thomas Cleary

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