“Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.”
--Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching trans. Stephen Mitchell
“Close the mouth; shut the doors.
Smooth the sharpness; untie the tangles.
Dim the glare; calm the turmoil.
This is mystical unity.”
--Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching trans. Beck