Recently I have been reading on Taoism. I know that this sounds very strange. But being a philosophy major myself…this should not be unusual. Furthermore, I took a number of modules on Confucianism and Taoism back in my university days. We did a comparative study on the two major branches of Chinese philosophies and Taoism never fails to impress me. Much have happened in school and in the house and somehow it draws me back to Taoism as a philosophy. Please do not get me wrong that I am now a new convert to Taoism. I am still a Christian and very much a Christian. The Holy Bible is still the most important book in my life. I have not turn away from the One True God in heaven and on earth. In fact, the description of the Tao by Lao Tzu fits the Christian description of the One True Way, Jesus Christ.
Lao Tzu said in his book, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 25, and I quote,
"There was Something undefined and yet complete in itself, born before Heaven-and-Earth. Silent and boundless, standling alone without change, yet pervading all without fail, it maybe regarded as the Mother of the world. I do not know its name; I style it ‘Tao’; And in the absence of a better word, call it "Th Great."
Similarly the Bible describes Jesus…
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible or invisible…all things were created through Him and for Him." (Colossians 1:16)
But one different is that to Mr Lao, the Tao cannot be known. I believe that what Mr Lao received was a limited revelation of the Truth of God. However, the Hebrews received a more complete revelation of Elohim. God revealed His name to the Hebrews and the Messiah, The Way, was revealed to them.
Wha impresses me the most about Taoism is not its comparativeness to the Bible, but the state of mind that it teaches and advocate. Taoism teaches a state of mind which is in Oneness with nature and with what’s around us. It teaches fluidity, like water, it flows where nature takes. It teaches us to live above the worries of the world and be at peace with ourselves and our surrounding. We need to live free…free from the worries of the material world; free to be true to oneself; free to be free. However, Taoism does not advocate a life which is totally indifferent to what’s happening around us. The message is…and it really sums it up very well…
"When you have done your work, retire!"
Do what you need to do…but remember to learn to retreat…to learn to let go…to learn to let free. There is nothing that is permanent…there is nothing that is unchanging….but the Tao.
"The softest of all things overrides the hardest of all things. Only Nothing can enter into no-space."
This Nothing…means to be free…to be emptied…