Tao Lite

There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born. It is serene. Empty. Solitary. Unchanging. Infinite. Eternally present. It is the mother of the universe. For lack of a better name, I call it the Tao.
The Tao is infinite, eternal. Why is it eternal? It was never born; thus it can never die. Why is it infinite? It has no desires for itself; thus it is present for all beings.

The Tao doesn't take sides; it gives birth to both good and evil. The Master doesn't take sides; she welcomes both saints and sinners.
The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want.

He and She, the Chinese language doesn’t make this kind of distinction; in English we have to choose; Since we are all potentially, the Master (since the Master is, essentially, us) you should feel free, throughout the pages, to substitute “he” for “she” or vice versa.

Translation by
Stephen Mitchell