Lao Tze, founder of the religious
Taoism, lived approximately six centuries before the Christian era.
His writing Tao-te Ching is the first sacred book of Taoism and has
been the second most published book in the world after the Bible.
The oldest text (300 BC) of the
Tao-te Ching written in bamboo laminae was discovered in 1993.
The Tao can be explained, but
words cannot replace the eternal Tao.
The name can be said, but it does not correspond to the reality of the
Nothingness, is the beginning of Heaven and Earth,
Being, is the mother of the ten thousand beings of the Universe.
When the state of Nothingness is obtained, the Wonder of the Tao can
When the state of Being is obtained, the Dominion of the Tao can be
Nothingness and Being, come from the same source, but they have had
The origin of Nothingness and Being is called Depth.
Beyond Depth, one will be at the door of the Tao,
That is all the Wonder of the Universe.
The life of each individual has
Te; the capacity of Te originates in the Tao.
The Tao for the ten thousand beings, seem nothingness and being. It
says being, but it is not possible to be seen or be touched; it says
nothing, but its existence can be reflected by the indications of the
world. Says nothing, means that he is invisible; it says being, because
in the ten thousand beings everything took place by him. He is as the
Imperial Palace and so deep the mount of long range; in addition he
is like being covered by smoke and clouds. But between which we can
know his espirit. His espirit is so true and existent of information.
From now until antiquity its
existence is eternal. Is like a father, gives to all the ten thousand
beings. How I know the state of the father? By crossing from antiquity
and the present.
Through the resistance well-being
can be maintained; with the twist straight can be made; through the
low one, plenty can be obtained in order to gain more; through the old
one, the new one can be produced; through little everything can be obtained;
through much the perplex one remains.
Reason why the ancient governors always insisted on integrity.
The Tao has complete power, is
like water that can develope from two opposite places at the same time.
Reason why the ten thousand beings leaning on him can live freely according
to its norm without denying to accept; although the Tao has the superior
merit but never want to appropriate it (it seems that the ten thousand
beings take place alone.)
It loves all the ten thousand
beings but without dominating them and so one can say is insignificant;
also beings always belong to him, but he has not been their owner himself;
this way we can speak of it's greatness. Is not placed in the greatness
of it all, but really it had been in the highest state of the universe.
I have three treasures that I
persist and I preserve.
First is Mercy,
Third, is by subjectivity, not dare to be before nature.