Excerpt from Step 9: Person plus Dao plus Inch
the Nameless Tao
In the end, as in the beginning, God loses His great image. God becomes an empty network of a mental system whereby everyone defines his or her own God within. Goddess becomes a victim of hateful, violent, and criminal actions. The humanity is then lost into the professionally identified labels. We are no longer human, we are labels.
Love is a label, success is a label, sickness is a label, and death is a label. Following the usage becomes the make-believe personification. We make and operate machinery to perform what we have done manually in the past. We make love by enacting a loveable and attractive performance. We let our life proceed miserably. We choose to suffer in the name of religion. We are forcing God to struggle madly to entangle and re-route us. In a name-constructed society, the name becomes the self-induced and self-seeking god. That is what our ego calls upon and eventually destroys. When one ego designates a god, another ego flares up in defense of its own named god. Above all others, God, in his infinity, watches as an ego-defined and ethnocentric identity. He becomes all God and then No-God. This is not the case with the Tao.
"Tao is eternally nameless" (32:1, 37:1) Therefore,
the Tao is spoken forth, plainly: It has no flavor at all.
nameless and undetectable before the human perception, Tao remains
in its undivided and unsuffused simplicity. It is so simple and so plain
that it enables the source of all things in the universe.
people ask me what my religion is, I reluctantly reply "Taoism"
for there is pain within the heart. It is so difficult to call it by name.
But what else can I call it? I am a Taoist by name, but not a Taoist by
nature :Tao is nameless. I am Taoist by choice, but not
a Taoist by voice: Tao is nameless. I am nameless. Who am
I? . God answers the silence with silence. What am I as I stand before
simplicity is small, the world cannot treat it as subservient. If lords
and rulers can hold on to it,
Oh, the Lord within me! Oh, the Lords of selves! How to abide by it? The distance voice echoes:
"For the world, the sage keeps the mind simple." (49:3)
this Lao Zi responds: "When I choose non-desire, people remain
simple." (57:4) He is speaking the truth by saying that: "Those
who practiced Tao in olden times did not enlighten people, rather thay
made people simple. What makes it hardest to govern people is what they
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