From a Taoist perspective, two polar opposites are not seen as distinctly separate or in conflict, but rather as interdependent and complementary. In actuality, one creates the other. “Is there a difference between yes and no?”, Lao Tzu, one of Taoism’s immortal sages, asks. “Is there a difference between good and evil?” His reply is […]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BSiZQqlg5E[/youtube] There are many legends about Lao Tze, credited with writing the Tao Te Ching, and till now it is still a mystery about his birth and name. The legend said that his mother was pregnant for 81 years and delivered a grey-haired boy around 571 B.C. “Lao” means old and “Tze” means child and […]
If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up. Tao Te Ching [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPfh-isxqqU[/youtube] Tao […]
Reading the Tao Te Ching and other Taoist texts felt like “someone was looking over my shoulder,” explaining to me things that really had relevance to my life. The most appealing aspect of Taoism, though, was that it didn’t claim to be “divinely-inspired.” Laozi never claimed to have been visited by a deity and commanded […]
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
“Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the source. Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature….” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The Tao te Ching is one of the most widely read sacred texts, due to its simplicity and depth. It appeal is universal, and has been found relevant by Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Quantum Physicists. Attributed to Lao-tzu, (580-500 B.C.), it may predate him by several centuries. The earliest known manuscripts of the […]