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  • Writer's pictureBhuvana Krishnan

The Tao

You can't talk about the ocean

with a frog who lives in a well

he is bounded by the space he inhabits.

You can't talk about ice

with an insect who was born in June:

he is bounded by a single season.

You can't talk about the Tao

with a person who thinks he knows something

he is bounded by his own beliefs.

The Tao is vast and fathomless

You can understand only by stepping

beyond the limits of yourself.

~ The Second Book of the Tao, Stephen Mitchell

Translations and audacious interpretations of Lao-tzu's disciple Chuang-tzu and Confucius's grandson Tzu-Ssu.

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