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The Way Tao means the way It is basically indefinable It has to be experienced It refers to a power which envelops surrounds and flows through all things living and non-living The Tao regulates natural processes and nourishes balance in the Universe It embodies the harmony of opposite in other words there would be no love without hate no light without dark no male without female According to the Tao Te Ching it is the first principle of the universe the all-embracing reality from which everything else arises The Tao cannot be defined in words and is not an idea or concept Chuang-tzu said It may be attained but not seen Its presence is everywhere not as a spiritual being but as the basic stuff which all things have been issued It gives life to all living beings and maintains them with no likes or dislikes The back of our textbook puts it best Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it for to try to change what is only sets up resistance Nature provides everything without requiring payment or thanks and also provides for all without discrimination In other words Simply be Classical Taoist philosophy formulated by Lao Tsu the anonymous editor of the Tao Te Ching and Chuang-tzu was a reinterpretation and development of an ancient nameless tradition of nature worship and divination Lao Tsu and Chuang-tzu living at a time of social disorder and great religious skepticism developed the notion of the Tao as the origin of all creation and the force unknowable in its essence but observable in its manifestations that lies behind the functionings and changes of the natural world They saw in Tao and nature the basis of a spiritual approach to living This they believed was the answer to the burning issue of the day
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