The Tao that can be told…

The opening of the Tao Te Ching reads, “The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao, the name that can be named is not the eternal Name.”
To me this meaning is that our daily attention to what is, as opposed to what we know, is the truth.  You can not know God by knowing about God, giving God a name or a descriptive title or even using the word God.  These are all manifestations, but not the thing.  Much like a beam of sunlight striking some grass.  The light we see is a manifestation of the Sun – it is not the Sun.
To know the source, is to experience it.  Not describe it, name, categorize it, give it properties.
How do we experience?  By being one with it.  How do we do that?
The only answer I have to that question, at this point in my life, is: meditation and spiritual practice.
To give a laundry list of what that means and how it is done would be improper… I would be imposing the non eternal aspects of spirituality.  I was reading from the Zen Master, Shunryu Suzuki, yesterday and he mentioned in “Not Always So,” to this very point – we must each find our own way.
To say, “To meditate, we are going to sit in this position, close our eyes (or keep eyes open), hold our hands in such and such a way….” is to create the name and the tao – not the Name and the Tao. But it’s a start… and we start where we are.  But once oneness is realized, we drop the little for the large.

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