The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.
In Hindu mysticism, you reach and attain certian levels before being truly enlightened, or rather together with your true self. One of those levels is to surpass wild, untamed nature. I think of the Chinese philosophers taking a different tack in this passage and embracing it in order to find the true nature of things.
As a follower of an earth-based religion, I find that I am closer in my beliefs to the latter rather than the former tradition. Perhaps to find yourself, you need to tap into the wild, never-ending power of nature to be closer to god.The Tao