The imagery that Chapter LI conjures up for me is a big spiritual bonfire, throwing off sparks of life that turn into the universe and everything in it. I like this idea of a force, call it God, call it whatever you like, that is the center of everything, and creates nothing but just that spark that allows everything to live. That’s the one thing that science hasn’t been able to do for me. We have this liquid water, and these proteins, but where do you go from these inanimate objects to living beings? What is at the center of it?
Every being in the universe
is an expression of the Tao.
It springs into existence,
unconscious, perfect, free,
takes on a physical body,
lets circumstances complete it.
That is why every being
spontaneously honors the Tao.
The Tao gives birth to all beings,
nourishes them, maintains them,
cares for them, comforts them, protects them,
takes them back to itself,
creating without possessing,
acting without expecting,
guiding without interfering.
That is why love of the Tao
is in the very nature of things.