Lao Tse — Tao Te Ching

The book Tao Te Ching was written by the great Chinese spiritual adept Lao Tse about 2500 years ago. In that incarnation, Lao Tse was a disciple of non-incarnate Huang Di* and achieved full spiritual self-realization. At the present time, Lao Tse provides spiritual help to incarnate people.

The work on creating this edition of the translation of Tao Te Ching was done at the personal request of Lao Tse** and with His help.

Tao Te Ching is one of the most fundamental textbooks on the philosophy and methodology of spiritual development.

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1. One cannot cognize Tao*** only by speaking about It.

One cannot name by a human name that Origin of the sky and the earth Which is the Mother of everything.

Only those who are free from worldly passions can see It, and those who have such passions can see only Its Creation.

Tao and Its Creation are One in essence, though are called by different names. The passage which exists between them is a doorway to all the miraculous.

2. When people know beauty, they also understand what is ugly.

When people learn what is good, they also realize what is evil.

In this way, beingness and non-beingness, hard and easy, long and short, high and low allow knowing each other.

Different sounds mix and create harmony. And so the preceding and the succeeding follow each other harmoniously.

The wise prefer non-doing**** and live in quietness*****. Everything happens around them as if by itself. They are not attached to anything on the Earth. They do not own anything made by them. They are not proud of their works.

Since they do not exalt themselves, do not boast, do not require special respect from others, they are pleasant to all.

3. If the chosen are not exalted, no one envies them. If material treasures are not praised, no one steals them. In other words, if the objects of passions are not shown off, there are no temptations.

The wise ruler does not create such temptations for people but takes care that people have enough food. This eliminates passions and strengthens people’s health. The wise ruler always strives to prevent temptations and passions and does not let evil people act.

The absence of these problems brings calm.


See further in this book.

*In this request He added that a competent translation of Tao Te Ching could only be made by a person who has traversed the entire Path to the cognition of Tao.

*** Synonyms of this word of Chinese origin are Primordial Consciousness, Creator, God-the-Father, Ishvara, Allah, Svarog, etc.

***That is the calm of mind and body, including stopping of the flow of thoughts. It allows mastering the art of meditation and developing oneself as a consciousness. (Those who are not used to the word non-doing can mentally replace it with the word meditation when reading this text).

***Here Lao Tse means inner quietness, which is called hesychia in Greek. Hesychasm, an ancient tradition of the Christian mysticism, is named after it.


To be continue.

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