Tao Te Ching Chapter 4

The Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled.

Oh, unfathomable source of ten thousand things!
Blunt the sharpness,
Untangle the knot,
Soften the glare,
Merge with dust.
Oh, hidden deep but ever present!
I do not know from whence it comes.
It is the forefather of the gods.

Is the glass half full or half empty?

If a tree falls in the forest and no-one hears it does it make a sound?

What is here if you are not? That’s the Tao.

If you’re here:

The glass is half full, or the glass is half empty, or, as you expand, the glass is full of air, and water, and light –  and you. The sound is shared.

If you’re not here:

Earth, air, fire, water. Life. Whole and holy emptiness.


2 Responses to Tao Te Ching Chapter 4
  1. Tao is everything, and nothing. I love this. Would you like to write a post for my blog? It would be fun. You can pick whatever you want – I am sure you would come up with something good.

    • bobgriffith says:

      I’d like that, Amy. Your faith that it will be something good brings a breath of inspiration here. I will breathe it in, and together we’ll see what transpires!

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