Tao verse 4: some thoughts

from the Tao te Ching; a manual on the art of living


The Tao is like a well:

used but never used up.

It is like the eternal void:

filled with infinite possibilities.

It is hidden but always present.

I don’t know who gave birth to it.

It is older than God.


Everything sprang from the Tao – from the pool of eternal nothingness. The mention of God here disturbs me as it always does these days. The interpretation is that it HAS to be older than God because if God is a lone entity then he/she is no longer a god. So eve God & gods sprang from this void of infinite possibilities.

So coming from infinite possibilities , does that make each god a truth? Or just a possibility. Reminds me of Bugs Bunny – “It might, Rabbit, it might.” Still not an answer. Except that a god is not the source of all things. The Tao is the source of all things.

Reminds me also of an earlier writing on Tao verse #1 on being free of desires (which is something i had in my mind as i fell asleep last night – my need to be desire-less.)  I will paraphrase a bit to link it with today’s verse.  “free of desire we are affected by the sense of artistry in all that is, all that springs from the darkness of the Tao – which is a glorious unknowable pool of possibility.”



~ by ghyllee mahree on 2014/10/19.

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