Twenty-Fifth Chapter: Tao-te Ching
In the beginning,
there was something undifferentiated and complete,
Soundless, formless, singular, unchanging.
Infinite. Eternal. The mother of the universe.
I call it Tao. I call it Great.
Great is boundless. Far-reaching. Constantly returning to the original point.
Therefore the Way of the Tao is Great.
Heaven is great.
Earth is great.
People are great.
To know humanity, understand earth.
To understand earth, know heaven.
To know heaven, understand the Way.
To know the Way, understand the Great within you.
Knowing within, experience the Great without.
As I Understand it:
This chapter resonates with the Hindu Upanishadic teaching that the cosmic energy (Brahman) is within each individual as Atman — a pure, timeless energy that remains uncontaminated by form. This understanding has made me aware that there is something “more than” my mundane self. And that I am linked to the mystery of Creation and human creativity by the joy I feel within.
The ways I feel the “greatness within” is by writing and teaching about spirituality and art, by experiencing visual arts and in meditation.
Through world arts (literature, visual arts, music) we understand peoples from different cultures. In meditation we experience “heaven and earth” which is same as our own Self.
Trust that the seed of “Greatness” is dormant within you.
The Way of Lao Tzu, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.
Dyer, Wayne W., Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.