Taoism

9 Oct

Every religion’s mystical path portrays its ideal of the holy man. In Taoism, he is called “The Perfect Man.”

Taoism’s Perfect Man is our universal mystic. Taoist texts by the eastern mystics like Lao Tzu describe him as the man who could ascend the loftiest heights without fear, could enter the water and not get wet, and could enter the fire and not get burned.

Perfected people lean on a pillar that is never shaken, travel a road that is never blocked, are endowed from a resource that is never exhausted, and learn from a teacher that never dies. Whatever they do, they embrace destiny and go along without confusion. Taoism’s Perfect Man govern.

In Chinese, Tao means literally Way; it also denotes Teaching. In Taoism the term takes on a metaphysical meaning as the Absolute, the ineffable Reality, the First Principle and source of all being to which all things ultimately return. The goal of Taoists is to become one with the Tao.

The word Tao, which literally means “Way,” is the animating principle of life that sustains all creation and is in all creation. According to the teachings of Taoism, it is the transcendental First Cause, the Absolute, the Ultimate Reality.

 

The antidote for the seemingly insurmountable problems facing earth’s evolutions is for each member of the human race to take wise dominion over himself, to take control of his being, and to liberally give of his heart to those who need his love. When you are in command of your forces, nothing can deter you from tackling any problem, personal or planetary.

Taoism is a religious or philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese: ; pinyin: literally: “the Way”, also romanized as Dao). The Tao is a fundamental idea in most Chinese philosophical schools; in Taoism, however, it denotes the principle that is the source, pattern and substance of everything that exists.] Taoism differs from Confucianism by not emphasizing rigid rituals and social order, but is similar in the sense that is a teaching about the various disciplines for achieving “perfection” by becoming one with the unplanned rhythms of the universe called “the way” or “dao”. Taoist ethics vary depending on the particular school, but in general tend to emphasize wu wei (action without intention), “naturalness”, simplicity, spontaneity, and the Three Treasures: 慈 “compassion”, 儉 “frugality”, and 不敢為天下先 “humility”.

 

Taoism teaches a person to flow with life. Over the years Taoism has become many things to many people. Hundreds of variations in Taoist practice exist. Some of these practices are philosophical, and others are religious. Taoism makes no distinction in applying labels to its nature because to do so would limit a person. We are each a blend of many truths. The truth taught in Taoism is to embrace life in actions that support you as a person.

Taoism teaches a person to live in their heart.

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