(The Way of Chuang Tzu)

   Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:
"All your teaching is centred on what has no use."

Chuang replied:
"If you have no appreciation for what has no use
you cannot begin to talk about what can be used.
The earth, for example, is broad and vast
but of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches
upon which he happens to be standing.
Now suppose you suddenly take away
all that he is not actually using
so that, all around his feet a gulf
yawns, and he stands in the Void,
with nowhere solid except right under each foot:
how long will he be able to use what he is using?"

Hui Tzu said: "It would cease to serve any purpose."

Chuang Tzu concluded:
     "This shows
     the absolute necessity
     of what has 'no use’. "  



In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
Every month we give you a brief passage from a spiritual classic.