Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Chapter 25, Before the universe was born
Here Lao Tzu provides some more pointers to the Absolute, that primordial essence which, for lack of a better name, he calls the Tao.
He tells us it is everywhere and in everything; older than the universe itself; empty, serene, unchanging, infinite.
Mention of the word ‘return’ is significant, for ‘returning’ is the motion of the Tao. It expands outward from its place of singular formlessness and creates a multiplicity of form and expression – everything in the phenomenal world that seems to have separate existence – and eventually all these things return to their source, to their origin in the Tao.
The universe is microcosm of the great Tao; just as the earth is a microcosm of the universe, and we of it. Like a hologram, each and every part contains the essence of the whole.
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