TAO is the “Maximum”, the “Sense”, is the indivisible unity, what exists. YIN and YANG are two complementary opposing forces that depend on each other and interact with the ever-changing and changing natural elements. They describe conditions or circumstances conditioned by space and time in the visible and indivisible world.
With YIN and YANG there is the possibility of contemplating and describing energetic situations. The fundamental idea of everything is the idea of change. In YIN, the female principle, there is the tendency towards YANG and in YANG, the masculine principle, there is the change towards YIN.
This is described by the philosopher LAO ZI (Laotse) as the “SENSE” Kungtse Judgment: everything is in flux, like a river, without stopping, day and night. Thus was born the fundamental idea of the change of the contrast.
.Man no longer has time to rest and relax, so he creates a misery of YIN and YANG. Many people in the Western world today suffer from a lack of YIN energy, feel permanently stressed and thus get sick more easily.
The symbol of the Tao is formed by two spirals: one that wraps and the other that takes place starting from a single Center. The two spirals represent the descent and ascent of the opposite aspects of each energy of the cosmos..
The tao, which is present in everything and conditions it, is a vital flow that has given rise to everything, and that flows incessantly, always changing and always remaining the same. Associated with tao is the conception of yin-yang
Yin and yang are opposite and complementary to each other, relative (you can be yin under a certain aspect and yang under another) and not antithetical, so much so that the origin of the other is implicit in the fullness of one. Their alternation determines all things. Yin and yang are the two principles that maintain the natural order of Tao:
- Yin is the feminine principle, passive and obscure, identified with the moon; the negative principle, cold, represent black.
- Yang the masculine principle, active and luminous, identified with the sun; the positive principle, warm, represent white
The two principles immediately began to interact, giving rise to the supreme polarity or T’ai Chi (Pronunciation Wu-ci). The symbol known by all as Tao is the most famous of many symbols that represent this supreme polarity and which are called T’ai Chi T’u.
To describe the Tao, one can use the following analogy: imagine a person walking on a street, carrying a bamboo stem on his shoulders. At the two ends of the bamboo, two buckets are hung. The two buckets represent the yin and the yang. Bamboo represents Tai Chi, the entity that separates the yin from the yang. The road is the Tao.
Laozi is considered the founder of Taoism, and is considered the author of the Daodejing (sacred Taoist text). Even the less known Hua Hu Ching (an oral tradition handed down by generations of Taoist monks) is often attributed to Laozi. He developed the concept of Tao, usually translated as “the Way”, a concept whose meaning is closely linked to the cosmic order. of the universe: The Way is Nature !!!
Laozi also developed the concept of Wei Wuwei (or Wei-wu-wei, or simply Wu Wei), action without action. This does not mean at all that nothing needs to be done, but that one must refrain from having unattainable objectives, megalomaniacs and highly fixed ones.
Laozi affirmed that violence must be rejected as much as possible, and that war, even if won, is always the bearer of death rather than feasts and triumphs.
Some Quotes from the great Master Laozi
Here’s how it must be! We must be like water. No obstacles – it flows. Find a dam, then stop. The dam breaks, flows again. In a square container, it is square. In a round, it is round. That’s why it’s more indispensable than anything else. Nothing exists in the most adaptable water world. And yet when it falls on the ground, persisting, nothing can be stronger than she
What is more important, health or wealth?
What is more harmful, win or lose?
Knowing what is enough is freedom.
Knowing when to stop is security.
Each fortress is erected with the laying of the first stone. Each journey begins with a single step.
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he who boasts of himself has no value, he who glories himself does not rise in glory.