The workings of Tao

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Yin Yang Symbol

Tao (pronounced “dao”) is the path or the way. It is a universal principle that underlies everything. The workings of Tao are vast and often beyond human logic, and therefore insight and intuition are needed. Taoism originated in China some 2000 years ago, and is a religion of opposites – light and dark, masculine and feminine, heaven and earth, action and non-action. This is widely known as yin and yang, and is refected in the yin yang symbol:

Yin and yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary forces, unseen (hidden, feminine) and seen (manifest, masculine), that interact to form a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light could not be understood if darkness didn’t exist, and shadow cannot exist without light. Either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object depending on the criterion of the observation. The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in western cultures. From Wikipedia

There are different practices which include Feng Shui, Meditation, divination, study of texts such as the Tao Te Ching and I Ching, and a wide range of martial arts.

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Essence of the Way

Meet it, and you do not see its beginning.
Follow it, and you do not see its end.
Stay with the ancient Way
in order to master what is present.
Knowing the primeval beginning is the essence of the Way.

From the Sanderson Beck translation of the Tao Teh Ching