Tao (Qi is a Chinese term translated as breath, vapour, and energy.)
Tao is a flow in the universe "There is a flow in the universe, and it is called dao. Dao flows slowly; however, it is never stagnant and is incredibly powerful and keeps things in the universe balanced and in order. It manifests itself through change of seasons, cycle of life, shifts of power, time, and so forth. Dao has a strong and deep connection with cosmology and the natural world, as the most well-known Daoist philosophers Laozi and Zhuangzi agreed. Dao is the law of Nature. When you follow dao, you become one with it. And it is best to also understand qi, because qi and dao go hand in hand. Qi is a Chinese term that is translated as breath, vapour, and energy. Because qi is the energy that circulates the universe, it can be said that dao is ultimately a flow of chi. Being one with dao brings best outcomes, because in that way things will fall into place as they are meant to be."
Q: Is the Kundalini the same force that exists all around us as the Chinese call Chi?
SHRI MATAJI: "Ya, ya. It's true. But you see, it is, it has something to do with that, and that is what is our ego and super-ego.
The Chinese what they have written, it's correct. But Chinese also don't know who is Lao-Tse, can you imagine? Lao-Tse is the man who talked about this thing, He's the one who told them about Kundalini and they don't know who is Lao-Tse. Especially in America, I don't know what sort of Chinese live here. It's such a great source of knowledge, and what they have said is a perfect thing. But everything gets integrated in Sahaja Yoga. All the knowledge, all the scriptures, everything gets integrated. Absolutely integrated because out of light you see the truth in all of them. There is truth in everything, there is truth in every religion. But religion now has become money-oriented, or also power-oriented, so it's gone off."
Shri Mataji, Public Lecture (New York, USA '99)
The Tao Te Ching has a long and complex textual history. On one hand,
there are transmitted versions and commentaries that date back two
millennia; on the other, there are ancient bamboo, silk, and paper
manuscripts that archeologists discovered in the last century.
Tao or Dao (Pinyin: Dâo, pronounced"doe" (Cantonese) or"doew" (Mandarin)) is a Chinese character often translated as 'Way' or 'Path'. In ancient China Tao gained a special currency referring to the Way of Nature or Heaven. This Great Way was considered the source of the order that could be seen in Nature and the Cosmos. The concept of the Tao and its relationship to yin and yang heavily influenced Chinese philosophy and continues to this day. Sages such as Lao Tsu and Confucius advocated a deep understanding of Nature so that human life could be lived in accord with the natural order of things. In ancient Chinese civilisation Nature was not seen as a wilderness that was in need of subduing and controlling but was Herself the teacher from whom humanity could learn.
A common theme in Taoist literature is that fulfilment in life cannot be attained by forcing one's own destiny; instead, one must be receptive to the path laid for them by nature and circumstance, which will themselves provide what is necessary. Lao Tsu taught that the wisest approach was a way of 'non-action' ("Wu wei") — not inaction but rather a harmonisation of one's personal will with the natural harmony and justice of Nature. 'The World is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering' (Tao Te Ching; Verse 48). Nature is stabilized by order, and humans, everything, exists within nature. Attempting to force one's own path is futile and self-destructive. 'Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?...The universe is sacred. You cannot improve it. If you try to change it you will ruin it.' (Tao Te Ching; Verse 29).
The epoch in which the Tao Te Ching was written, the Axial Age, saw the emergence of numerous philosophies that sought to establish first principles in the understanding of Nature. India produced the Upanishads and Greece the bold hypotheses of the Ionian and Eleatic philosophers. Lao Tsu also sought to account for the origins of the 'ten thousand things' and their manner of growth and development.
All things arise from Tao. They are nourished by Virtue. They are formed from matter. They are shaped by environment. Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honour Virtue. Respect of Tao and honour of Virtue are not demanded. But they are in the nature of things. Therefore all things arise from Tao. By Virtue they are nourished, developed, cared for, sheltered, comforted, grown and protected. Creating without claiming; doing without taking credit; guiding without interfering - this is Primal Virtue. (verse 51. tr. ibid )
The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right. The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back. It fulfils its purpose silently and makes no claim. It nourishes the ten thousand things. And yet is not their lord. It has no aim; it is very small. The ten thousand things return to it, yet it is not their lord. It is very great. It does not show its greatness, And is therefore truly great. (verse 34. tr. ibid)
Yield and overcome; bend and be straight; empty and be full; wear out and be new; have little and gain; have much and be confused. Therefore wise men embrace the one and set an example to all. Not putting on a display, they shine forth. Not justifying themselves, they are distinguished. Not boasting, they receive recognition. Not bragging, they never falter. They do not quarrel so no one quarrels with them. Therefore the ancients say," Yield and overcome."Is that an empty saying? Be really whole and all things will come to you. (verse 22. tr. Gia Fu Feng)
Some characteristics of Tao
There is a flow in the universe, and it is called dao. Dao flows slowly; however, it is never stagnant and is incredibly powerful and keeps things in the universe balanced and in order. It manifests itself through change of seasons, cycle of life, shifts of power, time, and so forth. Dao has a strong and deep connection with cosmology and the natural world, as the most well-known Daoist philosophers Laozi and Zhuangzi agreed. Dao is the law of Nature. When you follow dao, you become one with it. And it is best to also understand qi, because qi and dao go hand in hand. Qi is a Chinese term that is translated as breath, vapour, and energy. Because qi is the energy that circulates the universe, it can be said that dao is ultimately a flow of chi. Being one with dao brings best outcomes, because in that way things will fall into place as they are meant to be.
Many believe the Tao Te Ching contains universal truths that have been independently recognized in other philosophies, both religious and secular.
The Mysterious Female
The Valley Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. (chap. 6, tr. Waley)
Like the above description of the ineffable Tao as"The Mother that rears the ten thousand creatures", the Tao Te Ching advocates"female" (or Yin) values, emphasizing the fluid and soft qualities of water (which can overcome the solid and hard), and"having without possessing." This theme challenges"male" (or Yang) values such as stability, positive action, and domination of nature, which can be referred to as"Confucian values."Yin and Yang should be balanced," Know masculinity, Maintain femininity, and be a ravine for all under heaven." (chap. 28, tr. Mair)
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