Definition of Tao
Story of the Cook and the Tao
A prince admired the skill of his cook. The cook replied: ‘What your servant loves is the Tao, which I have applied to the skill of carving. when I first began to cut up bullocks, what i saw was simply whole bullocks. After three years’ practice, I saw no more bullocks as wholes. Now, I work with my mind, not with my eyes. the functions of my senses stop; my spirit dominates. Following the natural markings, my chopper slips through the great cavities, slides through the great cleavages, taking advantage of the structure that is already there. My skill is now such that my chopper never touches even the smallest tendon or ligament, let alone the great bones. . . . At the joints there are always interstices, and the edge of the chopper is without thickness.
Lao Tzu (604-531 B.C.E.)
“Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.”
Chuang Tzu (399 B.C.E.-295 B.C.E.)