stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind? The mind of the Sage being in repose becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
Repose, tranquillity, stillness, inaction,—these were the levels of the universe, the ultimate perfection of Tao.
- In the early days of Time, ere matter had assumed shape, it was by such levels that the spiritual was adjusted.
Therefore wise rulers and Sages rest therein. Resting therein they reach the unconditioned, from which springs the conditioned; and with the conditioned comes order.
- Meaning those laws which are inseparable from concrete existences.
Again, from the unconditioned comes repose, and from repose comes movement,
- When once inner repose has been established, outer movement results as a matter of necessity, without injury to the organism.
and from movement comes attainment. Further, from repose comes inaction, and from inaction comes potentiality of action.
- When inaction has been achieved, action results spontaneously and unconsciously to the organism.
And inaction is happiness; and where there is happiness no cares can abide, and life is long.
Repose, tranquillity, stillness, inaction,—these were the source of all things. Due perception of