before heaven and earth,
still and silent, infinite, virtual,
through interminable cycles.
It gives birth to the Cosmos,
It is impossible to name,
so I call it pure boundless immensity.
- Lao Zi, Dao De Jing, #25
These columns are not meant for comparison but as an aid to distinguish between qualities. In actuality, nothing is fixed or linear. 'Liberated' is realized by letting go of conditioning and making choices to be free from within.
Excerpts from 'Tao and T'ai Chi Kung' by Robert C. Sohn, used by permission.