“Look, and it can’t be seen. Listen, and it can’t be heard.

“Reach, and it can’t be grasped.

“Above, it isn’t bright. Below, it isn’t dark.

“Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing.

“Form that includes all forms, image without an image, subtle, beyond all conception.

“You can’t know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life.”

“Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end.

“Just realise where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.”

From the TAO TE CHING translated by Stephen Mitchell. Published by HarperCollins, available as an ebook from Google Play Books for CA$11.99.


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