What is the Tao?
The Tao that can be understood
is not the eternal, cosmic Tao,
just as an idea that can be expressed in words
is not the infinite idea.
And yet this ineffable Tao
is the source of all spirit and matter;
it is the mother of all created things.
Not to desire material things
is to know the freedom of spirituality;
and to desire is to suffer
the limitations of matter.
These two things – spirit and matter –
so different in nature, have the same origin.
This unity of origin is the mystery of mysteries,
and the gateway to spirituality.