He was honored as an ancestor of the Tang imperial family, and was granted the title Taishang xuanyuan huangdi, meaning "Supreme Mysterious and Primordial Emperor".
Xuanyuan and Huangdi are also, respectively, the personal and proper names of the Yellow Emperor. Throughout history, Laozi's work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements. Vous cherchez des devis Lao Tzu?
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Bondia Tecnologia. Good News Bible. Depending on interpretation, some ambiguous passages have multiple readings, ranging from political advice for rulers to practical wisdom for people. The following themes and concepts are central to interpreting the text. Ineffability The Way that can be told of is not an Unvarying Way; The names that can be named are not unvarying names. It was from the Nameless that Heaven and Earth sprang; The named is but the mother that rears the ten thousand creatures, each after its kind.
Wikipedia's List of snowclones includes "The X that can be Y is not the true X " and cites the original as "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the true Tao. Perhaps the Tao, like the Dharma, is what physicist David Bohm means by "that which is", perfectly being what is, both all and nothing. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no one puts them into practice" chap. It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
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. Mair Returning In Tao the only motion is returning; The only useful quality, weakness.
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For though all creatures under heaven are the products of Being, Being itself is the product of Not-being. Waley Another theme is the eternal return, or what Mair calls "the continual return of the myriad creatures to the cosmic principle from which they arose. The ten thousand creatures and all plants and trees while they are alive are supple and soft, but when and dead they become brittle and dry. This is returning to the beginning of things, or to one's own childhood.
The Tao Te Ching focuses upon the beginnings of society, and describes a golden age in the past, comparable with the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Human problems arose from the "invention" of culture and civilization. Waley However, "returning" is not a simplistic reactionary retreat.
Two illustrations are the anti-Confucianist saying that, "Learning consists in adding to one's stock day by day; The practice of Tao consists in 'subtracting day by day'. Waley Diminishing one's ego, instead of "improving" it through study, is the path to real wisdom.
Letting the enemy take the first step thus reducing his range of possibilities is the way to gain the upper hand. This theme is similar to psychological practices such as introspection or meditation, but one returns not to oneself but to nothingness, to "that which is". Emptiness We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the wheel depends.
We turn clay to make a vessel; But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the vessel depends. We pierce doors and windows to make a house; And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the usefulness of the house depends. Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the usefulness of what is not.
Waley Philosophical vacuity is a common theme among Asian wisdom traditions including Taoism especially Wu wei "nonaction" , Buddhism, and some aspects of Confucianism. This resonates with the Buddhist Shunyata philosophy of "form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Emptiness can mean having no fixed preconceptions, preferences, intentions, or agenda. Since "The Sage has no heart of his own; He uses the heart of the people as his heart. From a ruler's point of view, it is a laissez-faire approach: So a wise leader may say: "I practice inaction, and the people look after themselves.
Waley Knowledge Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self requires strength; He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present. For example: "Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. Waley Knowledge, like desire, should be diminished. Connections with Christianity Since Christian missionaries were among the first Westerners to study the Tao Te Ching , it is not surprising that they connected Taoism with Christianity.
NASB and "Requite injuries with good deeds" chap. Note that the Chinese Bible translates logos as Tao. Two particular Tao Te Ching chapters are perceived as exemplifying Christian themes. Chapter 42 bears a resemblance to the Trinity doctrine: "The Way gave birth to unity, Unity gave birth to duality, Duality gave birth to trinity, Trinity gave birth to the myriad creatures.
Mair We look for it but do not see it; we name it "subtle. Mair James Legge dismissed this hypothetical yi-xi-wei and Yahweh connection as "a mere fancy or dream".
According to Holmes Welch: It is not hard to understand the readiness of early scholars to assert that the doctrine of the Trinity was revealed in the Tao Te Ching and that its fourteenth chapter contains the syllables of "Yahveh. One whose needs are simple can fulfill them easily.
Material wealth does not enrich the spirit. Self-absorption and self-importance are vain and self-destructive. Victory in war is not glorious and not to be celebrated, but stems from devastation, and is to be mourned.