It’s easier to know the Dao than to believe in the Dao;
It’s easier to believe in the Dao than to act on the Dao.
It’s easier to act on the Dao than to gain the Dao.
It’s easier to gain the Dao than to keep the Dao.
The problem with learning is that people confuse “to know” with “to believe”. They mistake “to believe” with “to act”. When they put their beliefs into action, they think they already have gained something. When they are just starting to “get” something, they falsely consider themselves the keeper of the principles of Taiji.
Originally published Dec 2007, please comment on how this saying relate to Taiji training