The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
One aspect of religion that has always spoken to me is the idea that god is unknowable. One of my favorite lines from religion class was “God is a drunken sailor.” Because you can say that god is anything, or nothing. You can say god is an old grandfather looking through curtains, or a kindly earth mother.
But something and its name are not the same thing. Once you get beyond names and into the reality past that, you arrive closer to the truth.The Tao