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Taoism and Tai Chi are two of three lost religions of China The other is Confucianism which though similar to Taoism is not nearly as related to Tai Chi Tai Chi and Taoism on the other hand compliment each other very well Tao simply means The Way Taoism is a name given to a sequence of thoughts and actions that get a person to a harmonious state of being The Tao Te Ching is considered The Bible of Taoism It was written by Lao-Tzu and is the worlds second most translated book The book is a series of eighty-one of Lao-Tzus thoughts Each thought has a message which helps lead the reader to discover Tao The first line of the Tao Ti Ching is A way can be a guide but not a fixed path names can be given but not permanent labels If one can fully understand this statement that person can understand everything about Taoism However I doubt even Lao-Tzu knew all of what he talked about The message of Taoism is simple though it is said in many different ways The part of the Tao Ti Ching that is one of the best is segment nineteen It is as follows Eliminate sagacity abandon knowledge And the people benefit a hundredfold Eliminate humanitarianism abandon duty And the people return to familial love Eliminate craft abandon profit And theft will no longer exist These three become insufficient When used for embellishment Causing there to be attachments See the basic Embrace the unspoiled Lessen selfishness Eliminate desire There are many different things being said in this passage Lao-Tzu starts off showing how the growth of society has begotten its potential eventual destruction At the end however he turns it all around and shows how if these things are eliminated Tao will be accomplished This teaches that the things that are unaltered by others are the best things to have near you
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