Confucius said to Lao Tan, "Today you seem to have a moment of leisure - may I venture to ask about the Perfect Way?"That which is crammed full of who knows what -- the egoic human mind -- is not very receptive to the Grand Mystery. It would be like trying to pour salt into a salt shaker that has no room. All you would end up with is a pile of salt on the floor.
Lao Tan said, "You must fast and practice austerities, cleanse and purge your mind, wash and purify your inner spirit, destroy and do away with your knowledge. The Way is abstruse and difficult to describe. But I will try to give you a rough outline of it.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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