Tao Te Ching

Upon sitting at the desk and looking at the Tao Te Ching book, I just noticed a coincidental connection that was quite awesome.  Did you know the Tao Te Ching is spelled like Tao Teaching?  It is funny when we discover a coincidence or connection that is should be so apparent.

It may just be plain coincidental or truly a possible connection.  What is really amazing is that once you find a connection with one thing, you can find a connection with another.  Suddenly the world become smaller and you become to see the world much more objectively.  You can turn yourself around into an explorer of the world and live life as an adventure.  Through the happenstance of finding a hidden jewel, I would like to introduce the Tao Te Ching.

“Tao Te Ching” is a book of wisdom brought up by a famous Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.  The “Tao Te Ching” literately translates to “The Book of the Way and Its Virtue”.  There may be other meanings of the translation, but all points toward a way of giving direction leading to unity in life and nature.  The direction is within a life of virtue and understanding of principles in guidance in the Tau.

Tao translates to “The Way”.  Other translations describe the path of nature as well as the understanding of relation with the universe.  “Te” translates to virtue.  Virtues include Integrity, Honor, Patience, Courage, Compassion, along with great principles in good quality ethics.  “Ching” translates to “The Great Book”, while another translation relates Ching as being classic.  Classic has a attribute of being timeless and eternal.

Tao Te Ching is a great choice in living a life of virtue.  There are many great wisdoms throughout the world and striving toward virtue seems to spring up from everywhere.  Virtue is an aspect to begin tracing our lives and is a great way to reflect the way we would aspire to live.

Here is the first passage of the Tao Te Ching to give an example:

The tao that can be told

is not the eternal Tao.

The name that can be named

is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.

Naming is the origin

of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.

Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations

arise from the same source.

This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.

The gateway to all understanding.

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