Reading group: Tao te Ching - part 1 chapter 1 The purpose of the "Reading Group" threads is to take a specific chapter (or other extract) from a piece of text. Anyone here is then invited to share their thoughts on the extract they read - what it reminds them of, what they associate with it - what it means to them personally. And, quite importantly, how they see aspects of it linking to other features of world religious and spiritual thought. Anyone can start a thread on any extract, and see what the response is. Btw - as this is the specifically comparative board of the forum, critical evaluation should be considered quite welcome. After all, we are not revealing universal truths, as much as relating our own personal aspects to particular works. I'll start off with something simple and easy-going: the Tao Te Ching - part 1 chapter 1: [source: Tao Te Ching: An English-Language translation by Charles Muller: http://www.human.toyogakuen-u.ac.jp/~acmuller/contao/laotzu.htm ] What I like most about this simply little piece of text - the way it implicitely states that Divinity is both beyond all human understanding, yet wholly part of the human experience. It simply states that Divinity is too complex to pin down to simple categories, and that to understand requires the ability to accept non-understanding. Of all the attempts to desribe my own perception of God, this often seems one of the most relevant.