Friday, July 22, 2011

The Way of Life...An Excerpt

The reading of Lao Tse at the first meeting of the Dharma Bums of Barra de Navidad.

Before creation a presence existed
Self-contained, complete
Formless, voiceless, mateless
Changeless,
Which yet pervaded itself
With unending motherhood

Though there can be no name for it
I have called it, 'the way of life'
Perhaps I should have called it, 'the fullness of life'
Since fullness implies widening into space
Implies still further widening
Implies widening until the circle is whole

In this sense
The way of life is fulfilled
Heaven is fulfilled
Earth fulfilled
And a fit man also is fulfilled

These are the four amplitudes of the universe
And a fit man is one of them:
Man rounding the way of Earth
Earth rounding the way of Heaven
Heaven rounding the way of Life
Until the circle is full.


Lao Tse


The Way of life...An Excerpt is one of the poems featured in the Bar None Anthology. Lao Tse is one of the three most widely read poets in the world along with William Shakespeare and Kahlil Gibran. Lao Tse was also a common touchstone for the founders of the Bar None Group.