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Last updated 2009-11-12

It is not hard to produce wisdom...

One should endeavor to do nothing ().

Taoist texts sometimes refer to the Tao as the mother and the One as the son.
It may mean a path, a way, a principle, a method, a doctrine, a system of order; and it also may mean the matrix, structure, and reality of the universe itself.

Te means "virtue" as in something's manifestations.

Professor Victor Mair suggests that a better translation is integrity. He writes:
For name and praise, sooner or later, a long life or short one, they cared not at all."Contemplating the remarkable natural world Lao Tzu felt that it was man and his activities which constituted a blight on the otherwise perfect order of things.


Like the Te of a rock is that it is hard.

These may be masculine and feminine, but they could be darkness and light (which is closer to the original meaning of the dark and light sides of a hill), wet and dry or action and inaction.

is the Religion of the Tao, a term meaning Path or Way, but denoting in this peculiar case the way, course or movement of the Universe, her processes and methods.

It being hard is "by virtue of" it being a rock.

Yin Yang is the principle of natural and complementary forces, patterns and things that depend on one another and do not make sense on their own.

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This can be seen very clearly in the symbol: the dark area contains a spot of light, and vice versa, and the two opposites are intertwined and bound together within the unifying circle.

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Thus he counseled people to turn away from the folly of human pursuits and to return to one's natural wellspring.

The five colours blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray.Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
The central vehicle of achieving tranquillity was the , a term which has been translated as 'the way' or 'the path.' in this context refers to virtue and refers to laws.

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And certainly pure Taoism requires individuals to live on the basis that the world is working properly, and that they therefore should not interfere with it.

Creatures differ because they have different likes and dislikes.

Taoists view the body as a miniature of the universe, filled with the Tao. The parts of the body have their counterparts in physical features of the universe, and:

concepts of right should be founded on what is suitable.

The body, as much as the larger universe, is ruled and lived in by the gods - the multifaceted manifestations of spirit, the visible and accessible aspect of the Tao on earth.