Laotzu's Tao and Wu Wei

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Brentano's, 1919 - Taoism - 116 pages
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Page 52 - ... and significance. She has made quite clear her attitude regarding Cagliostro and his associates in the Work, and these statements, coupled with the historic accounts of Cagliostro's connection with the Illuminati, afford several possible clues. But that is a subject in itself. JC (To be continued) Faithful words are often not pleasant; pleasant words are often not faithful. Good men do not dispute; the ones who dispute are not good. The learned men are often not the wise men, nor the wise men,...
Page 34 - TAO, its race horses will be used to haul manure; when the world ignores TAO, war horses are pastured on the public common. There is no sin greater than yielding to desire.
Page 104 - What is this sadness, then, in the Nature around us?" I asked. "Is there not that in the twilight as though the whole earth were weeping with a grievous longing? See how she mourns, with these fading hues, these drooping tree-tops, and solemn mountains. Human eyes must fill with tears, when this great grief of Nature looms within their sight. It is as though she were long'ing for her beloved — as though everything — seas, mountains and heavens — were full of mourning.
Page 3 - He loved the Tao as a son cherishes and reveres his mother." There are three key words in the thought of Laotzu: Tao, Teh, and Wu Wei. They are all difficult to translate. The simple meaning of Tao is "way," but it also has a wide variety of other meanings. Dr. Paul Carus translates it, "Reason," but apologizes for so doing. If forced to offer a translation we would suggest Creative Principle, but much prefer to leave it untranslated. The character, "Teh," is usually translated "virtue.
Page 50 - ... article is to expose briefly the views of . these Chinese thinkers in regard to the concept of harmony and its relation to social order. Lao-tse was the founder of the Taoist school, according to which the most desirable state of existence for man is to follow the way or law of nature. Lao-tse says: Tao of heaven resembles the. stretching of a bow. The mighty it humbles, the lowly it exalts. They who have abundance it diminishes, and gives to them who have need. That is Tao of heaven; it depletes...
Page 2 - Although for two thousand years he has been misunderstood and derided, to-day the very best of scientific and philosophic thought, which gathers about what is known as Vitalism, is in full accord with Laotzu's idea of the Tao. Every reference that is made to-day to a Cosmic Urge, Vital Impulse, and Creative Principle can be said of the Tao. Everything that can be said of Plato's Ideas and Forms and of Cosmic Love, as being the creative expression of God, can be said of the Tao. When Christian scholars...
Page 66 - You know, then, that Tao is the source of everything; of the trees, the flowers, the birds; of the sea, the desert, and the rocks; of light and darkness; of heat and cold; of day and night; of summer and winter, and of your own life. Worlds and oceans evaporate in Eternity. Man rises out of the darkness, laughs in the glimmering light, and disappears.
Page 18 - All things are in process, rising and returning. Plants come to blossom but only to return to the root. Returning to the root is like seeking tranquility. Seeking tranquility is like moving toward destiny. To move toward destiny is like eternity. To know eternity is enlightenment and not to recognize eternity brings disorder and evil. Knowing eternity makes one comprehensive, comprehension brings nobility, nobility is like heaven. The heavenly is like Tao. Tao is the Eternal. The decay of the body...
Page 51 - In a small country with a few people let there be officers over tens and hundreds, but not in order to exercise power. Let the people be not afraid of death, nor desire to move to a distance. Then even though there be ships and carriages, they will have no occasion to use them; even though there be armour and weapons, they will have no necessity to wear them. The people can return to the knotted cords for the records; they can delight in their food, be content with their dwellings, and rejoice in...
Page 66 - It is an outgrowth, a result of absolute reality, seeing that everything emanates from, and returns to, that reality. But things which are real to us are not real in themselves. What we call Being is in fact Not-Being, and just what we call Not-Being is Being in its true sense. So that we are living in a great obscurity. What we imagine to be real is not real, and yet emanates from the real, for the Real is the Whole. Both Being and Not-Being are accordingly Tao. But above all never forget that 'Tao'...

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