Back To The Source

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)

Back To The Source

Without form; yet, perfect. Serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. The mother of everything which is. The Tao. Always flowing. Through everything. Both inside and outside. Returning. Always returning. Flowing back to the Origin. To itself.

There are four great powers. Humanity is the lowest of these four. Yet, it is great. It is great because it follows the Earth, a greater power than humanity. Earth is great. But, it, too, is subject to a greater power, and follows it. The universe. The vast and great universe, subject only to the Tao, in its greatness, follows the Tao, back to its source. And, the Tao, formless and perfect, serene, empty, solitary, unchanging, infinite, eternally present, keeps flowing. Following only itself. Through all things. Inside and outside. Returning, once again.

I had a friend remark to me that my posts have been shorter. What happened? It is because the more we tell of it, the less we understand. To understand it is to make use of it. And, the more we use it, the more it produces in our lives. This is simply a meditation. A meditation on the greatness of the Tao. Let these few words go with you. Better yet, follow these words where they will take you. Back to the Source.