1. Marking Out The Path

The Tao that can be spoken
is not the true Tao.
Any name which can be given to it
is not its true name.

That which was before
Heaven and Earth is Tao.
Tao is the mother of all things.

The wise seek its mystery,
and find it made of opposites.
Opposites arise from the same source
and are identical in all but name.
The mystery of opposites is so profound,
to understand it
is to open the door of Tao.