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Tao

The Chinese word Tao means God-the-Father, Creator, Allah, Ishvara, Primordial Consciousness, Adibuddha.

The Teachings of Taoism, i.e. Teachings about the Path to the cognition of Tao, were described by Divine Lao Tse in His treatise Tao Te Ching.

A description of Tao can be found in the following excerpt from Tao Te Ching:

"One cannot cognize Tao only by speaking about It.

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

"... Tao looks like void. Yet, It is omnipotent!

"It is in the Depth.

"It is the Origin of everything.

"It controls everything.

"It pervades everything.

"It is Shining Light.

"It is the subtlest!

"It is the Main Essence of everything!

"One cannot describe Its origin, for It is Primal...

"... If you look at Tao, you cannot notice It immediately. This is why It is called hard-to-be-seen.

"If you listen to Tao, you cannot hear It immediately. This is why It is called hard-to-be-heard.

"If you try to grasp Tao, you cannot reach It. This is why It is called hard-to-be-caught.

"In Tao are Those Who fill you with delight! All They in Tao are merged into One.

"Tao is equal above and below.

"Tao has no corporeal image and face. Therefore, It is said of as hidden and mysterious.

"Meeting Tao, I do not see Its face; following Tao, I do not see Its back.

"... Eternal Tao pervades everything. It is present to the left and to the right. Thanks to It, souls arise, live, and develop.

"Though Tao is so great and performs so great work — It does not seek to glorify Itself.

"It raises all beings with love. It does not exert violence over them. It does not insist that people realize all Its desires.

"It is Great, though It does not insist on this.

"Wise people aspire to It — to the Great."
 

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