Walking toward Santarem

Karen and I walk past vast fields of tomatoes. The tomatoes were being harvested by a huge machine that digs out the plants and throws the tomatoes into a large truck which travels beside the harvesting machine.  People were standing on platforms within the huge machine, sorting out unsuitable tomatoes. It was a very hot day and we walked for hour after hour without shade. I ate a many tomatoes and found them to be extremely delicious. There were grapes in that place also….many, many grapes!

The earth provides food and drink for us humans but much work is required.  Lao tsu discusses the relationship between the Tao and everyday life:

“The Tao is like a well

used but never used up.

it is like the eternal void,

filled with infinite possibilities.

It is hidden but always present.

I don’t know who gave birth to it.

It is older than God.”

Some Christians would want to argue with Lao tsu because, for them, God is something beyond which nothing could be greater or older. Lao tsu does not accept the idea that a word can have such power. He implied previously that those who pretend to know about God don’t know.

I do not want to be involved in arguments over words. I can say this for sure: there are more tomatoes in  Portugal than I would have ever imagined. The tomatoes were closely grouped on each plant and the plants extended almost to the horizon. It was astonishing to see!

I know that there is an inner pathway that allows us to experience the One. Lao tsu refers to it. Lao tsu was an old guy, leaving for Tibet. I’m also old and am traveling the Way.

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