THE FATHER OF TAOISM …..
Although ascetics and hermits such as Shen Tao (who advocated that one ‘abandon knowledge and discard self’) first wrote of the ‘Tao’ it is with the sixth century B.C. philosopher Lao Tzu (or ‘Old Sage’) that the philosophy of Taoism really began. Some scholars believe was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius (Kung-Fu Tzu, born Chiu Chung-Ni). Other scholars feel that the Tao Te Ching, is really a compilation of paradoxical poems written by several Taoists using the pen-name, Lao Tzu. There is also a close association between Lao Tzu and the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang-ti.
According to legend Lao Tzu was keeper of the archives at the imperial court. When he was eighty years old he set out for the western border of China, toward what is now Tibet, saddened and disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. At the border (Hank Pass), a guard, Yin Xi (Yin Hsi), asked Lao Tsu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed in 5,000 characters the Tao Te Ching (The Way and Its Power).
The central vehicle of achieving tranquillity was the Tao, a term which has been translated as ‘the way‘ or ‘the path.’ Te in this context refers to virtue and Ching refers to laws. Thus the Tao Te Ching could be translated as The Law (or Canon) of Virtue and it’s Way. The Tao was the central mystical term of the Lao Tzu and the Taoists, a formless, unfathomable source of all things.
Look, it cannot be seen – it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard – it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held – it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it – there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the Tao, Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.
Every separate being in the Universe returns to the common Source!!
Please surround me with your love and light.
Guide and protect me as I try to get closer to you.
Help me raise my vibrations.
Help me contact my guiding entities … whoever they may be.
And help me get closer to you!!
We ALL are ONE!! We ALL are come from Source!!
We ALL are connected through the UNIVERSE!!
Lao Tzu Biography
Published on May 29, 2012
Lao Tzu or Laozi 600 B.C. Zhou Dynasty Lao Tzu was the author of the Tao Te Ching. Lao Tzu is considered to be the founder of Taoism. (Daoism)