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The Philosophy of the Tao Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river Lao Tse The quote above written by Lao Tse exemplifies the magnificent foundation of the Taoist philosophy The statement illustrates the power of forces in opposition believed to be inhabiting and controlling our universe While one may remain physically still in the mind one may dream and imagine ideas and thoughts beyond our realm of reality This interpretation of the quote brings our attention to the incredible balance between the complementary but opposing forces of stillness and movement Taoism is a philosophical tradition that has influenced Chinese culture for over two millenniums Many scholars continue to consider Taoism as a form of organized religion or faith but the belief in the Tao is simply a Chinese philosophy or way of life In its English translation the Tao can be thought of as the natural order of forces and matter a force flowing through every living sentient object as well as through the entire universe More specifically the Tao refers to a power which envelopes surrounds and flows through all things living and non-living httpwwwreligioustoleranceorgtaoismhtm Taoist philosophy promotes living simply and in harmony with nature and going with the flow Although the Tao cannot be sufficiently described in words it is a commonly referred to as a phenomenon that can be experienced by one in perfect harmony with the universe Only when the Tao is in balance is it believed possible to find perfect happiness Overal l taoists believe that by following the ways of the natural world observing strict meal and meditative guidelines and not struggling with their lot in life they can achieve improved health and most importantly an inner calmness Attainment of inner peace and tranquility can lead one along the path of becoming one with the Tao the ultimate goal of all believers The Taoists believed that healthy human life
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