|1- The essence of Taoism: |
The essence of Taoism is Tao, the way, who is not the eternal Tao, (not God the Father); he is the way, the truth and the life (does it sound like Christ?). the translation of the Bible in Chinese reads, In the beginning was the Tao, and the Tao was with God, and the Tao was God.like John1:1. the Tao is infinite profundity, the origin of all things, a stabilizing force, for where Tao is equilibrium. it existed before heaven and earth, it is eternal, stands alone, and never changes, pervades everywhere, Tao is the source of all things, the treasure of good men, and the sustainer of bad men. He is the Word, Jesus Christ!.
However there is a great difference: Tao is not a person, it is a force, a principle. Jesus is a person, he is God, the creator of all things in heavens and earth, and he wants to live in your heart, and you in him, in his Mystical Body, in his Church. come to Jesus, just have faith in him and you will be saved. he is the real living Tao!.
Tao (pronounced Dow) is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. It refers to a power which envelopes, surrounds and flows through all things, living and non-living. The Tao regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe. It embodies the harmony of opposites (i.e. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)
In Taoism, Tao, roughly translated as path, is a force which flows through all life and is the first cause of everything. The goal of everyone is to become one with the Tao. Tai Chi, a technique of exercise using slow deliberate movements, is used to balance the flow of energy or chi within the body. People should develop virtue and seek compassion, moderation and humility. One should plan any action in advance and achieve it through minimal action.
The concept of a personified deity is foreign to Taoism, as is the concept of the creation of the universe. Thus, they do not pray as Christians do; there is no God to hear the prayers or to act upon them. They seek answers to life's problems through inner meditation and outer observation Each believer's goal is to become one with the Tao.2- The men of Tao:
He who lives in Tao, and Tao in him, is a good men: He keeps in good terms with men, takes things easy, loves the world as he does his own person; he is simple like an infant, cautious, modest, yielding. He is humble, and thus he remains entire. He is subtle, penetrating and profound; avoids excess, extravagance, and indulgence. He makes the self of the people his self. he acts to the good or to the bad with goodness, and to the faithful or the faithless with faith. He returns love for great hatred.
All these quotations from the Tao-Tee King certainly sound like Christ and Christianity!.
The Three Jewels to be sought are compassion, moderation and humility.3- The third part of Taoism: The Old dualism:
The old dualism of life stems from Tao, as the competition of complimentary opposites, Yin and Yang; these two competing energies are found in all things, but both must be kept in balance. Excess of any energy is harmful. When the 2 forces are in balance within the human personality then the perfect ideal human will exist. But always Tao, the spirit, will prevail over the physical, material nature, for Tao will never die.
4- The other site of Taoism: PRIESTS, MAGIC, SPIRITS, EMPEROR.
Lao-Tze left no church, no priests, no rituals and services. but today, it is lived in syncretism with the old Animism of China, and it is demeaned by polytheism, witchcraft, demonology, spiritism, spirit spells, and a degenerate papacy.
The priests head the rituals in the temples, and an incense burner is essential to every magic rite and exorcism. these temples, besides of the religious rituals, are as well a cultural axis, providing fairs, puppet shows, story-tellers, opera. and most Chinese have they altars at home, to the ancestors, and to spell the bad spirits.
Each Chinese, after death, wants to be an important ancestor. in their Heaven. but there is Hell, like Purgatory, with 9 stages of punishments, each one governed by a demon king; and the prayers can help them to get out of there.
Lao-Tze was not successful in China, so he decided to leave. and he went away, no body knows where. but before leaving, at the request of his friend Yin Hsi, he wrote the Tao-Te King which means the Way to Virtue Canon, and it is the main holy scripture of Taoism, and very beautiful!. Two centuries latter Chuang Tze spread Taoism, and his writings are also considered holy scriptures. Tao te Ching, Chuang Tzu
1- Orthodox: Tao masters and Black Headed Taoists. Stress the importance of rituals, cosmic renewal, and controlling spirits.
TAOISM AND CONFUCIANISM: Taoism, was founded in the 604 BC in China by Lao-Tze, which means old philosopher or old boy, but his real name was Li-Uhr.
Two different religious ways:
For Confucius human conduct must be righteous, and the man's relation with God and the universe would take care of itself. for Lao-Tze, man must establish himself in harmony with the universal principle, with Tao, through his own Tao, and good human conduct will follow.