Tuesdays with Tao: Four - Limitless Tao
:: Every Tuesday, I've been publishing one more chapter of my personal re-interpretation of Lao-tzu's awesomely inspiring and quietly wise Tao Te Ching. Despite being written down some 25 centuries ago, it is a marvel of contemporary insight. The opening chapter, The Essence of Tao, is here.
This week, the limitless nature of Tao is invoked, as it will be a number of times in coming chapters. Consisting of everything, and beyond everything, it's a concept we can't quite grasp because for us as humans, we define something partly by what it is not. Tao is something like snow in a snowstorm on a moonless night; hard to see because there nothing other than snow to look at. ;-)
Four - Limitless Tao
A yawning limitless abyss, Tao is never filled yet never drained -- so deep! So stratospheric!
A container for everything in the vast, expanding world, it will never reach the brim.
Embracing, taming all, with an ever-quenching, inexhaustible abundance, it:
Softens sharp edges;
Resolves all confusions;
Tempers glare into gentleness;
And unites the loose with the whole.
Whence comes Tao? Before infinity itself began!