Tao 41

With deeper comprehension of Tao
One strives to be constantly aligned.
With mere intrigue of Tao
One catches glimpses now and again.
With not the slightest concept of Tao
One ridicules the absurdity of the notion.

All this makes the whole.
Lacking even one part, Tao would not be as it is.

And so:

The lighted way can seem dark.
Forward movement can seem a step back.
The easy path can seem full of obstacles.
True virtue can seem hollow.
Authenticity can seem false.

Nothing lies outside of Tao.
It encompasses completely
And so, overwhelms to the point that it is hidden in plain view.
Nothing happens apart from Tao.
It is what accomplishes and what is accomplished.


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