It was God who created the heavens and the earth. He has sent down water from the sky with which He brings forth fruits for your sustenance. He has subdued the ships which by His leave sail the ocean in your service. He has subdued the rivers for your benefit, and subdued for you the sun and the moon, which steadfastly pursue their courses. And he has subdued for you the night and the day. Of everything you have asked for he has given you some. If you reckon up God’s favors, you could not count them.

—The Holy Koran, Surah Abraham, 14:30

The Great Tao is universal like a flood. How can it be turned to the right or to the left? All creatures depend on it, And it denies nothing to anyone. It does its ...

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