The Taoist religion
Taoism, the Tao
In pre-communist China flourished three great religions, or rather, two religions and lifestyles: the first one was Confucianism, a body of beliefs and austere elite who seduced the class of mandarins.
The second belief (or religion), the Buddhist, was practiced in many variations of a plurality of seven, but almost never followed the true teachings of the Buddha that was secular and repudiated the rituals that have come to the ceremonies and superstition " driven "(where you get a communication to the unconscious of the believer through symbols connected to the ritual, but only serve to control the follower without realizing it).
Some of his occult and superstitious practices came to the most popular forms of Taoism, the third largest body of beliefs.
Taoism is a system-defined or focused on capital figure of a god, but a set of rules to guide men and women throughout their existence (Daoist religion).
Taoism is rooted in symbolism, the same characters of Chinese writing symbols are powerful, capable of reflecting the interior dispositions of the writer.
Just the handwriting obtained by the movement of the brush on the paper represents the flow of vital energy that animates the Universe: encryptions extreme beauty were composed by Taoists to give expression to the forces that operate in Heaven and Earth, both in meaning of the characters, both through their shape.
The word Dao, or Tao, depending on the dialect from which the character played at that time, is strictly untranslatable, and, in its full meaning, indefinable: according to an ancient inscription, it is "the matrix of all the doctrines The mystery behind all the mysteries. "
Sometimes the concept is made as alleged, did not entirely appropriately, with the word "Street", but in fact the Dao is the origin of all phenomena and can only be seen symbolically in the flowing water, in the sexual act, the awakening of the centers of the body, but also in the valleys and mountains where Taoism enter into communion with the sky.
The basic principles of Taoism and the Taoist religion, receptivity and spontaneity, are reflected in the doctrinal nature of its three founding texts: the Daode jing, Zhuangzi and the Yijing.
Through allusions and suggestions, the first introduces the Dao, the way that leads to harmony (we Westerners know it as "The Tao Te Ching by Lao-tze), Zhuangzi is psinge than addressing the problem of man in relation to natural world, the Classic of Changes, or Yijing (I Ching for Westerners) is instead a book of oracles and wisdom for practical life, designed to offer more advice, that to impose precepts to those who consult it.
- Taoism Laozi and Daode Jing
- Taoist symbols Shoulao
- Xian Eight Immortals
- Yin Yang symbol of Taoism
- Yijing Dao Manual
- The five elements of Taoism
- Wu-Wei Taoist principle
- The Taoist Qi energy
- The three crucibles