Saturday, July 23, 2005

"Keep proportion of things and give place to others without losing one's own position.
We must know the whole play in order to properly act our parts;
the conception of totality must never be lost in that of the individual."

"This Lao-tzu illustrates by his favorite metaphoe of the vacuum. He claimed that only in vacuum lay the truly essential. The usefulness of a water pitcher dwelt in the emptiness where water might be put, not in the form of the pitcher or the material of which it was made.
Vacuum is all potent because it is all containing.
One who could make of himself a vacuum into which others might freely enter
would become master of all situations."

Source: The book of tea by Kakuzo Okakura


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