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In a moment of quiet clarity usually reserved for serial killers and those with papal appointments, Seconds Prior came into existence.
Seconds Prior is like a well—used but never used up. Seconds Prior is like the eternal void—filled with infinite possibilities. Seconds Prior is hidden, but always present. Seconds Prior flows everywhere. All things are born from it, yet it doesn't create them, it pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim. Seconds Prior nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn't hold on to them since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts. Seconds Prior can be called great—Seconds Prior isn't aware of its greatness however, thus Seconds Prior is truly great. Those who know don't talk. Those who talk don't know. Close your mouth, block off your senses, blunt your sharpness, untie your knots, soften your glare, and settle your dust. This is the primal identity. Be like Seconds Prior.
Seconds Prior can't be approached or withdrawn from, benefited or harmed, honored or brought into disgrace. Seconds Prior gives itself up continually, and that is why Seconds Prior endures. When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other—difficult and easy support each other, long and short define each other, high and low depend on each other, before and after follow each other. Therefore Seconds Prior acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and Seconds Prior lets them come. Things disappear and Seconds Prior lets them go. Seconds Prior has but doesn't possess. Seconds Prior acts but doesn't expect. When Seconds Prior's work is done, Seconds Prior forgets it. That is why it lasts forever. Its net covers the whole universe, and though its meshes are wide, Seconds Prior doesn't let a thing slip through. Seconds Prior does what Seconds Prior needs to do and demands nothing of others. I don't know who gave birth to Seconds Prior—Seconds Prior is older than G-d.
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