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The spirit that never dies

is called the mysterious feminine.

Although she because the whole universe,

her immaculate purity is never lost.

Although she assumes countless forms,

her true identity remains intact.

The gateway to the mysterious female

is called the root of creation.

Listen to her voice,

hear it echo through creation.

Without fail, she reveals her presence.

Without fail, she brings us to our own perfection.

Although it is invisible, it endures;

it will never end.

Lao-tzu

The first six lines of verse six talk of the Tao being the mysterious female. She is everywhere and everything, she takes on several different identities yet stays the same. She is the entire universe and her spirit is pure. I take comfort in the Tao having feminine characteristics.

Lao-tzu talks about the gateway to the mysterious female is the root of all creation. I ponder on those lines and try to imagine this gateway. It became clear to me one day when I was hanging out with my friend Dan. He was describing his belief system to me. He spoke of this place which was the center of everything, and all life flowed through this. He said that when you pass your soul is brought to this sphere type place, and within it is bliss. He describes how the souls spirit guides will help them decide on what kind of life they want to live, and what trials and lessons they need to learn. Once this has been decided the soul is shot out of this blissful sphere and sent to their next life. Dan I hope I described it correctly.

I belive this place my friend described is the root of all creation and the gateway to the mysterious female. I thank him for helping me better understand this verse. Perhaps the Tao was speaking through him that night.

I interoperate the final six lines as listening to that inner voice which guides us through life. Lao-tzu urges us to listen to her because she will bring us to perfection. As I stated in past posts the Tao provides you with everything you need right now. If you take the time to listen, the Tao will deliver you to your own perfection. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says it perfectly in his book “Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao”

“If you choose to be aware of the inherent creativity that resonates deep within you, where the invisible Tao sings the loudest, you’ll assist the birthing of new ideas, new accomplishments, new projects, and new ways of understanding your life.”

At some point today take the time to go to a quite place and meditate. Clear your mind of the daily stress and confusion which keeps us from finding our way. Open your mind, body, and spirit; listen for the Divine Mothers voice and allow her to guide you.

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In my theological studies, I have come across two specific religions which I relate to most; Taoism and Buddhism. Buddhism does not have one main scripture. There are many different schools of thought. I have always wanted to read some of their oldest texts, but I have come up empty trying to find them. Taoism on the other hand does have a central text called the Tao Te Ching. The Tao Te Ching was written by Lao-tzu around the sixth century BC. This scripture predates Christianity! The only book to be translated more times than the Tao Te Ching is the Bible. I have been lucky enough to read several different translations of the Tao Te Ching.

Within the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching you find a way of life; trumping all other religious scriptures I have followed. The verses are written in almost a poetry form, for beginners it may be difficult to translate this was certainly true in my case. The concepts were over my head. I was not listening to it I was reading it. There are three forms of Taoism; Philosophical Taoism, Religious Taoism, and Folk Taoism.  My belief system falls under Philosophical Taoism, although I still believe in the existence of the Tao. The first verse best describes my conundrum behind trying to name and know the Tao. I was first turned onto Taoism by the book “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff, ten years ago. This simple little book intrigued me to learn more.

1st Verse

           The Tao that can be told, is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named; is not the eternal name.

The Tao is both named and nameless

As nameless it is the origin of all things;

as named it is the Mother of 10,000 things.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery;

ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.

And the mystery itself is the doorway

to all understanding.

Lao-tzu

Tao translated means “The Way,” in the first verse Lao-Tzu explains; the Tao encompasses everything in the known and unknown universe. The Tao flows in and out of everything. The concept of trying to describe the Tao is not the eternal Tao; the Tao is both named and nameless. Trying to see, or understand the Tao you will only see the outer world. To open the doorway you need to first desire to see the Tao. You then need to let go and become desireless to see the mystery. Letting go is key too much of the Taoist teachings. We need to just allow things to work out in divine order.

Taoism is about paradoxical thinking; the famous Taoist symbol is the Yin Yang. The concept of duality is difficult for many people in our culture because we see things as black or white, right or wrong, the Tao opens up a grey area in everything. The Buddhist believes that desiring is negative, where Taoism thinks otherwise. You may desire to find true love, when you push the boundaries of desiring true love may never come. If you just allow then true love will find you, just let be…be. Stop trying so hard to change this or that, let the desire for change transform into allowing the change to come.

My difficulty with Taoism is I try to define the Tao. In this verse it teaches us to stop trying to define everything. The Tao is named and nameless. Even if I were to find a way to define the Tao it is not the true Tao. The Tao is an incomprehensible realm where everything comes from. I grew up exposed to Christianity where God is defined and portrayed as a being with arms, legs, and conscience thought. It is hard to imagine something which is unimaginable. This requires a massive leap in faith, and I am bitter towards faith. Lao-tzu says if I let go so hard of trying to define and see it then I will.

“Let the world unfold without always attempting to figure it all out”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

 

The Yin Yang is a symbol of duality. Verse two of the Tao Te Ching says “we can only know beauty because there is ugliness. All can know good as good only because there is evil.” Looking at a Yin Yang symbol we see white within the black, and black within the white. This is telling us within one thing lies the other. In darkness we see light, and vice verses. Taoist know there is no such thing as ugly, or beautiful. These are man-made concepts, and to view the world in such a judgmental way keeps us from living a good life. This also applies to good and evil. We only know one because there is the other, and these definitions are defined by man.

In order to explain this I need you to take a step back, clear your mind of any societal induced versions of what is deemed good and what is deemed evil. You also need to put aside any personal view points on what is moral and the concept of a conscience.

We are born into this world as a clean slate. The only concepts we have in our mind is our primal urges. These are things that are bred into any creature on this earth. Holding onto this concept of a clean slate, we learn how to crawl, walk, and speak. These are actions we knew nothing of, until we were taught. As you grow, you begin to learn what behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. You were not born knowing the difference between the two. Are you born knowing to not touch a hot stove? No, you are either told, or you touched a hot stove and burned yourself. This is all learned, you are not born with this knowledge. As you grow older this concept becomes more complex.

When you are born do you know the concept of beauty, or is it defined to you? The media, family, and peers define this concept. When we are born do we know of God? This is taught through our parents and religious establishments. This could be elaborated on over and over; point is everything we know we are taught.

I was debating with my wife on this concept yesterday, and she brought up morals, and the individuals self conscience. She was saying that all humans are born with a conscience and know right from wrong. The same applies to the concept of morality. When we are born, do we know it is morally wrong to steal? No, our parents, schools, peers, religions, the media, and our society’s laws teach us this concept. The question then is where does our conscience come into play. The answer is simple; we are told through all these different channels that stealing is bad. Your conscience is reinforcing what it was taught, which was stealing is bad.

If you are still thinking I am wrong, look at suicide bombers, or feuding ethnic groups in Africa. The follower is taught that by blowing himself up and killing infidels, he will be greeted in heaven and awarded 72 virgins. It is taught that the greatest way to please God is to become a martyr. To the believer the act of killing is righteous. In Africa you are taught to hate rival tribes. It is considered noble to kill your enemy, in fact they see no problem with genocide.

It is hard for us to believe that we are rewarded in heaven if we kill non believers. It is even harder to imagine committing genocide. We view these actions as immoral, and evil, they view these actions as just and righteous. The difference between is how we are raised.

The concept of good and evil is man-made. Morality and ethics are subjective to the individual. Insanity and sane is defined only by our society, night and day are just man-made concepts to define the differences between the two.