CAP. XXII.] Knowledge travels North 289
is not Tao. It cannot be spoken. Spoken, it is not Tao. That which imparts form to forms is itself formless ; therefore Tag cannot have a name."
Form precedes name.
No-beginning continued, "He who replies to one asking about Tag, does not know Tag. Although one may hear about Tag, he does not really hear about Tag. There is no such thing as asking about Tag. There is no such thing as answering such questions. To ask a question which cannot be asked is vain. To answer a question which cannot be answered is unreal. And one who thus meets the vain with the unreal is one who has no physical perception of the universe, and no mental perception of the origin of existence, — unfit alike to roam over the K'un-lun peak or to soar into the Supreme Void."
Light asked Nothing, saying, " Do you, Sir, exist, or do you not exist ? "
But getting no answer to his question. Light set to work to watch for the appearance of Nothing.
Hidden, vacuous, — all day long he looked but could not see it, listened but could not hear it, grasped at but could not seize it.
See The Remains of Lao Tzu, p. 31.
" Bravo! " cried Light. " Who can equal this ? I can get to be nothing.