All Revelations guide man to believe
in the Supreme Power, the Originator of the Divine Law;
a belief that may free him from devotion to any false life
and relate him to the divinity within and around

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Supreme Power
in Taoism

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Taoism is based on the belief in an "original energy of the universe, which is fathomless and incomprehensible. It is beyond time and  space. Contained within it, is  all existence and nonexistence. Yet it is neither existence nor nonexistence" (Hua Ching Ni 1997:13). Tao is the name   given to that   energy. There is no single word that can properly describe Tao and thus many names were used in relation to it such as the Way, the Order, and the Supreme.

The ancient achieved ones revealed the subtle truth that the universe has two apparent aspects. One is the unmanifest aspect the undivided oneness or ultimate nothingness said to exist before Heaven and Earth were born. In this aspect, the primal energy of the universe is undifferentiated, absolutely whole and complete. The other aspect is the manifest, perceptible world of multiplicity which is "after Heaven and Earth were born". Although these aspects appear as two, the manifest and the unmanifest are in fact one. (Hua Ching Ni 1997:13)


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The oneness of the Universe in its visible and invisible aspects is a very essential idea in Taoism.  The unmanifested aspect of  existence is what we may call   transcendental, not in the sense of separateness, but in the sense that the visible is an aspect of the invisible. On the other hand, Oneness is a principle that transcends the multiplicity of the empirical world.

Man follows the way of Earth. Earth follows the way of all Heavenly bodies, all heavenly bodies follow the Way of the eternal Tao, and the Tao follows its own nature (Tao Tai Ching)


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Tao manifests itself through an active process of self-expression  through the continuous process of creation where opposition and contradiction are intrinsic principles of the world of multiplicity. Yin and Yang are the two terms that were given to the principle of oppositions and contradictions. Yin and Yang  are opposites, yet each accomplishes the other. They attract one another. Yin and Yang exist in every substance of the world. Nothing is completely yin or completely Yang. Yang could represent the positive energy and yin  the negative.  Together, they make life possible: Heaven and Earth, Man and Woman, Day and Night, Light and Darkness, East and West, South and North and so on and so forth.


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In Taoism, man has a special place. He holds the highest position in the earthly evolutionary scale because he embodies a balance of both yin and yang energies, both physical and spiritual, gross and refined. Because it is potentially complete and balanced, the energy network in  human beings is like that of the entire universe. Man is able to disturb this innate nature in so many different ways. People tend to pay attention to their physical being at the expense of their spiritual being. Therefore they corrupt the principle of the law within, the Tao. Man can retain his way by acting according to Tao, embracing Tao, becoming one with Tao and   integrating himself with the essence of all life. (based on Hua Ching Ni, 1997: 37, 38)

As Tao Teh Ching puts it:

Without going outside the door, one understands all that takes place under the sky. Without looking through the windows, one sees the Way. (Tao Teh Ching recited in Hua Ching Ni, 1997:38)