Dao simply means “the way.”Daoists considers that Dao is the origin of everything, and Dao is the ultimate aim of all Daoists. This is the most fundamental tenet of Daoism. Dao is the way of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity. The Dao took form in the being of the Grandmother Goddess. She came to Earth to enlighten humanity. She taught the people to let everything grow according to its own course without any interference. This is called the way of no action, no selfishness (wu-wei), and this principle is an important rule for Daoists. It teaches them to be very plain and modest, and not to struggle with others for personal gain . This kind of virtue is the ideal for Daoists.More about DAO

WU WEI is the core concept of Chinese Taoist philosophy, which was first promoted by Lao-Zi 2500 years ago in his well-known Classic: "Dao De Jing."

WU WEI is a two-character Chinese phrase:Textbook interpretationsWU -- "none", "empty" or "without".WEI means "purpose"."act".

......."Wu-Wei is the Mandarin Chinese word meaning 'spontaneous action' or reflexive action. This literally translates into 'doing nothing, yet accomplishing everyting. Wu wei is the Taoism doctrine of non-activity. Perhaps a better translation is creative quietude or supreme activity and supreme relaxation. Also Wu wei is paraphrased as what fits the moment and spontaneous action without wasted movements. wu-wei really means no purposive action. The whole slogan is "no purposive action and yet do act." It doesn't mean to be passive, and it manifestly does not mean to be detached from one's surroundings. Quite the opposite. It means to be so in touch with our environment and with the people in our lives that our actions flow naturally from the situation.

......If you go to Beijing to visit the Forbidden City, where you will see a giant plaque hanging on the wall at the Emperor's study hall, it carved 2 words: WU WEI, the words and was amazed that even under the supreme power of the Emperor. the Chinese Taoist philosophy of WUWEI could be placed over the Emperor's head, reminding him of " Non-action". (Some prefer the implication of "Non-intent"...) More about Wu Wei

......Dao de Jing like Bible, it is the most translated book in the world. In its 81 verses it gives us simple truths about peace, joy and harmony; and practical wisdom for life, work and relationships
.....The verses of the Tao Te Ching are written in ancient Chinese, which is very different from English. Abstraction and logic are not distinguishing marks of the ancient Chinese language, hence, it is less rigid than English and there are very few formal or grammatical structures. The classical Chinese word does not stand for a single concrete idea, but it evokes associations of different ideas and things. Quite a few Chinese words can be used as nouns, adjectives and verbs at the same time. Thus sentences composed of various signs have a sort of suggestive power, evoking emotions, ideas, and pictures.
....It is almost impossible to render an ancient Chinese text properly in English without losing some part. Different translations of the Tao Te Ching may appear as completely different texts. In order to understand the original text fully it is helpful to read various translations that consummate each other. The alternative is, of course, to learn Chinese. This document uses the translation of Feng. Like any translation it can only approximate the true meaning and depth of the original.

.......Dào Dé Jing, the "Way Power/Virtue Classic," is divided into two books. This was often thought to be an arbitrary division; but recently a manuscript was discovered in which the order of the two books was actually reversed. An interpretation has now been offered that the two books are intended to be about the Dao and De. Book I does begin with statements about the Dao, and Book II with statements about De. Since the Dao might be thought to be more important than De, the format that reverses the books may then simply reflect that judgment.
......in its pure form in The Dao de Jing , assumes that there is an evident reality and pattern in the physical universe that is the manifestation of the truth of its being and, further, that human nature is part of this and can live fully and joyfully in it by conscious participation in what the universe reveals to us. This awareness , however, is demanding of us in the deepest sense. While the Dao de Jing acknowledges the need for an ideal world, one uncomplicated by competition, weapons, and wars, it allows us to live in a world fallen from that ideal and still conform to the deeper truth in our own souls.More about Dao De Jing

........Very little is known about the author of the DAO DE JING, which is attributed to Lao-zi(Some one think Lao Zi is Book of Dao de jing, some one may think Lao Zi is person only.) According to the historian Sima Qian who wrote about 100 BC, Lao-zi lived during the sixth century BC in the state of Chu in China and in the imperial capital Luoyang held the office of shi which in ancient China meant a keeper of the archives and sacred books who also may have been skilled in astrology and divination.

.....Sima Qian wrote how Lao-zi once met with Confucius, whom he criticized for pride and ambition. However, Confu..cius told his disciples, "I know how birds can fly, how fish can swim, how animals can run. Yet the runner may be trapped; the swimmer may be hooked; and the flyer may be shot by an arrow. But who knows how dragons ride on winds through clouds into heaven? Today I have seen Lao-zi and can compare him only to a dragon."

. ...Lao Zi is not like Mahavir, not mathematical at all, yet he is very, very logical in his madness. He has a mad logic! When we penetrate into his sayings
you will come to feel it; it is not so obvious and apparent. He has a logic of his own: the logic of absurdity, the logic of paradox, the logic of a madman. He hits hard.
Mahavir's logic can be understood even by blind men. To understand Lao Zi's logic you will have to create eyes. It is very subtle, it is not the ordinary logic of the logicians - it is the logicof a hidden life, a very subtle life. Whatsoever he says is on the surface absurd; deep down there lives a very great consistency. One has to penetrate it; one has to change his own mind to understand Lao Zi. Mahavir you can understand without changing your mind at all; as you are, you can understand Mahavir. He is on the same
line. Howsoever much ahead of you he may have reached the goal, he is on the same line, the same track.

When you try to understand Lao Zi, he zigzags. Sometimes you see him going towards the east and sometimes towards the west, because he says east is
west and west is east, they are together, they are one. He believes in the unity of the opposites. And that is how life is.So Lao Zi is just a spokesman of life. If life is absurd, Lao Zi is absurd; if life has an absurd logic to it, Lao Zi has the same logic to it. Lao Zi simply reflects life. He doesn't add anything to it, he doesn't choose out of it; he simply accepts whatsoever it is.

A Master like Lao Zi knows well that truth cannot be said, but the very effort to say it will provoke something, will bring the suppressed thirst
in you to the surface. And once the thirst surfaces, a search, an inquiry starts. And he has moved you.

According to legend, when in old age Lao-zi was leaving Chu he was stopped by the guardian of the pass into the state of Ch'in and asked to write down his wisdom. After three days he produced the book of about 5,250 characters known as the Dao De Jing. More about Lao Zi

 
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