In the beginning was the Word . . .
. . . I am that I AM . . .
. . . I am The Way . . .
from The Bible
There is something that contains everything.
Before heaven and earth, it is.
Oh, it is still, unbodied, all on its own, unchanging,
all pervading, ever-moving.
So it can act as the mother of all things.
Not knowing its real name, we only call it the Way.
If it must be named, let its name be Great.
Greatness means going on,
going on means going far,
and going far means turning back.
So they say: “The Way is great,
heaven is great, earth is great,
and humankind is great;
four greatnesses in the world,
and humanity is one of them.”
People follow the earth,
earth follows heaven,
heaven follows the Way,
the Way follows what is.
from lao tzu: tao te ching: an English version by Ursula k. Le Guin