What It Means to Be Great

There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Solitary. Unchanging.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.

It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.

The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.

Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.

-Lao Tzu-
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 25, translation by Stephen Mitchell)

What It Means to Be Great

Once again, we return to talking about the mysterious Tao, the mother of the universe. Flowing through all things, inside and outside, it returns to the origin of all things: Itself.

Serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. Formless and perfect even before time and space were, before the universe was born. Flowing. Always flowing.

Is it any wonder, being in harmony with the Tao is called going with the flow? And so we all flow; the universe following the Tao, the earth following the universe, and all of humanity following the earth. Doing what comes naturally to us, having opened ourselves to the Tao.

Being great means going with the flow of the Tao.

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