Lao Tse & the Tao Te Ching

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Lao Tsu

Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also translated as Taoism), a still popular spiritual practice. An older contemporary of Confucius and also
of Pythagoras & Patanjali, he is said to have been a record keeper in the court of the central Chinese Zhou Dynasty in the 6th century B.C. Daoism would via Buddhism significantly influence Shintoism.

Little is known about Lao Tzu or his contemporaries. He may have been entirely mythical. It is certainly very unlikely that (as some legends say) he was conceived when his mother saw a falling star,
or was born an old man with very long earlobes – or lived 990 years.


He is said to have tired of life in the Zhou court as it grew increasingly morally corrupt. So he left and rode on a water buffalo to the western border of the Chinese empire. Although he was dressed as a farmer, the border official recognised him and asked him to write down his wisdom. According to this legend, what Lao Tzu wrote became the sacred text called the Tao Te Ching.

After writing this, Lao Tzu is said to have crossed the border & disappeared from history, perhaps to become a hermit. In reality, the Tao Te Ching is likely to be the compilation of the works of many authors over time. But stories about Lao Tzu & the Tao Te Ching have passed down through different Chinese philosophical schools for over 2,000 years & have become wondrously embellished in the process.

The 'Tao Te Ching'

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.

The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.

These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.


(Verse 1/84)

The Tao begot one. One begot two. Two begot three.
And three begot the ten thousand things.

The ten thousand things carry yin and embrace yang.
They achieve harmony by combining these forces.

Men hate to be "orphaned," "widowed," or "worthless,"
But this is how kings and lords describe themselves.

For one gains by losing And loses by gaining.
What others teach, I also teach; that is:

"A violent man will die a violent death!"
This will be the essence of my teaching.


(Verse 42/84) NB Hitchhiker's . . . .

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The Derivation of Phi is already apparent in the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tse

Start and then stop the movie below to see the identical curve in Tao Te Ching and the Pythagorean Comma-generated 'Phi'.
Start again and then the structural-coincidence of Pi Phi & DNA (from 12*7 = '84' in space-time) is apparent & also quite breath-taking.

This is evidence that order precedes disorder, as beautifully argued in the Unifying Principle.


Vide 'Fluminism' from Ginny Batson