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Tao – I Ging

 

Taijitu, symbol of Taoism


 

Zitate zum Thema Tao und Taoismus – Tao Te King / Tao Te Ching

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  • Wer dem Tao folgt, weiß, wie er sich von Begierde zu befreien, persönliche Mängel zu akzeptieren und geduldig daran zu arbeiten hat, um den Hunger des Geistes nach äußerer Befriedigung zu beseitigen. Deng-Ming Dao (*1954) chinesisch-US-amerikanischer taoistischer Philosoph, Lehrer, Künstler, Kampfkünstler, Autor, Tao im täglichen Leben, Goldmann Verlag, München, 1998
  • Je weniger man über das I-Ging nachdenkt, desto ruhiger kann man schlafen.
    Die Wissenschaft des I-Ging beruht nämlich nicht auf dem Kausalprinzip, sondern auf einem bisher nicht benannten – weil bei uns nicht vorkommenden – Prinzip, das ich versuchsweise als synchronistisches Prinzip bezeichnet habe. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Schweizer Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, Gründer einer neuen Schule der analytischen Tiefenpsychologie, Autor

 

  • Ein taoistischer Wissenschaftler tut das, was sein westlicher Kollege vorhat zu tun. Er beobachtet und lenkt die inneren und äußeren Kräfte, die sich auf das Glück und das Wohlergehen der Menschen auswirken. Der Unterschied besteht darin, dass ersterer Achtung hat vor der gesamten Schöpfung und die Notwendigkeit einer maßvollen Vorgehensweise erkennt, während letzterer in seiner Überheblichkeit glaubt, grobes Ungleichgewicht lasse sich durch rohe Gewalt ausgleichen. Michael Page, Tao der Kraft. Östliche Weisheit für das westliche Leben, S. 128, Heyne Verlag, München, 1998

General quotes

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Still-point of Tao

  • When there is no more separation between "this" and "that," it is called the still-point of Tao. At the still-point in the center of the circle, one sees the infinite in all things. Zhuangzi [Chuang Tzu] (~365-290 BC) influential Chinese philosopher during the warring states period

 

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Tao

Surrender to God

  • Instead of resisting life, we go with life and surrender it to God. This is the wisdom of the Tao, which teaches that the willow tree bends with the wind, but the oak tree, which resists it, breaks.   Dr. David R. Hawkins, Healing and Recovery, S. 309-310, 2009

Quotes by Katya Walter

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Binary chunks ∞ analog flow

  • The ancient Chinese I Ching [expressing binary numbers counting from 0 through 63] provides an astoundingly complete model […] in a clever shorthand that uses binary/digital sequencing plus analog flow. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, July 1995

 

  • Chaos theory developed an odd vocabulary where fractals, the Julia and Mandelbrot sets, the butterfly effect and the strange attractor suddenly opened up a new "nonlinear" reality. This fractal development can be found in the DNA structure which Watson and Crick discovered in the 1950s. Amazingly, this phenomenal use of number also exists in the I Ching, developed according to apocryphal Chinese history, in 3322 BCE. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, July 1995

 

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Cochaos patterning: Merging the analog with the linear

  • [E]ach system – genetic code or I Ching – gives a microcosmic rendition of a larger principle of cochaos theory. Fortunately, these two models, ancient and modern, provide a means to observe a mathematical paradigm that is perhaps inherent in the fabric of the universe itself.
    • Numbers create the patterns of the universe.
    • Analogs form the networks of qualitative resonance in the timing and spacing of matter and energy,
    • while linears develop the discrete sums that quantify units of whatever is being spaced or timed.
Together – as an alinear number – they give a flowing, connective quality to the universe's discrete quantities. To merge the analog with the linear in cochaos patterning provides a truly universal computation method. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, July 1995

 

  • Chaos patterning can predict an overall pattern, but it cannot specify any exact detail of its next manifestation. A mathematician can determine its general form but not the exact contents. Patterned chaos has its own special signature:
    • Order in the midst of apparent disorder
    • Cycling that repeats with continual slight variation
    • Scaling that fits one level into another like nesting boxes
    • Universal applicability.
Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, July 1995

 

  • To balance and harmonize the analog and linear functions of number is the special gift of analinear computation. It is evident in the ancient I Ching and in modern DNA. By combining unitized counting with flowing proportions, this paradigm creates nonlinear equations, or more appropriately, analinear equations. Katya Walter, Ph.D., US American multi-disciplinary scientist, physicist, I Ching scholar, Jungian scholar, A New (and very Old) Model for Nonlinear Computation, presented at Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Tokyo, July 1995

Zitate von Laotse – Daodejing – Tao te king

Quotes by Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, verse ?

 

  • The Tao pours everything into life. It is a cornucopia that never runs dry.
    It is the deep source of everything. It is nothing, and yet in everything.
Tao Te Ching, verse 4

 

  • Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub;
    It is the center hole that makes it useful.
    Shape clay into a vessel;
    It is the space within that makes it useful.
    Cut doors and windows for a room;
    It is the holes which make it useful.
    Therefore profit comes from what is there;
    Usefulness from what is not there.

 

  • The Tao gave birth to One.
    The One gave birth to Two.
    The Two gave birth to Three.
    The Three gave birth to all of creation.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE) Chinese taoist philosopher, founder of Taoism,
Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell, verse 42, 1988, updated 1995

 

  • In the pursuit of knowledge, everyday something is added.
    In the practice of Tao, everyday something is dropped.
    Less and less do you need to force things until you finally arrive at non-action.
    When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
    Mastery of the world is achieved by letting things take their natural course.

 

  • Governing a large country is like frying small fish. Too much poking spoils the meat.
    When the Tao is used to govern the world then evil will lose its power to harm the people.
    Not that evil will no longer exist, but only because it has lost its power.
    Just as evil can lose its ability to harm, the Master shuns the use of violence.
    If you give evil nothing to oppose, then virtue will return by itself.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE) Chinese taoist philosopher, founder of Taoism, John McDonald, translator,
Tao Te Ching, verse 60, Chartwell Books, Inc., 18. June 2009

 

  • When a country obtains great power,
    it becomes like the sea:
    all streams run downward into it.
    The more powerful it grows,
    the greater the need for humility.
    Humility means trusting the Tao,
    thus never needing to be defensive.

    A great nation is like a great man:
    When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.
    Having realized it, he admits it.
    Having admitted it, he corrects it.
    He considers those who point out his faults
    as his most benevolent teachers.
    He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.

    If a nation is centered in the Tao,
    if it nourishes its own people
    and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others,
    it will be a light to all nations in the world.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE) Chinese taoist philosopher, founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell, verse 61

 

  • If you want to govern the people you must place yourself below them.
    If you want to lead the people you must learn how to follow them.
Tao Te Ching, verse 66, paragraph 2

 

  • Simplicity, patience, compassion.
    These three are your greatest treasures.
    Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
    Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are.
    Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.

 

  • Nothing in the world
    is as soft and yielding as water.
    Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
    nothing can surpass it.
    The soft overcomes the hard;
    the gentle overcomes the rigid.
    Everyone knows this is true,
    but few can put it into practice.
    Therefore the Master remains
    serene in the midst of sorrow.
    Evil cannot enter his heart.
    Because he has given up helping,
    he is people's greatest help.
Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell, verse 78

 

  • As honest words may not sound fine,
    Fine words may not be honest ones;
    A good man does not argue, and
    An arguer may not be good!
    The knowers are not learned men
    And learned men may never know.

    The Wise Man does not hoard his things;
    Hard-pressed, from serving other men,
    He has enough and some to spare;
    But having given all he had,
    He then is very rich indeed.

    God's Way is gain that works no harm;
    The Wise Man's way, to do his work
    Without contending for a crown.
Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE) Chinese taoist philosopher, founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell, verse 81, 1988, updated 20. July 1995

 

Tao Te Ching – all translations

Englische Texte – English section on Tao

Tao Te Ching

The most influential Chinese book of all times Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Way], originated in China about 2,500 years ago. Contemporaries were Buddha (563-483 BC) in India and Pythagoras of Samos (570-495 BE) taught in Greece. The Tao Te Ching contains 81 chapters. It is the most translated Chinese document into the English language.
The philosophical school of Chinese Taoism is derived from the Tao Te Ching provides the basis for , which is an important pillar of  thought. Taoism teaches an undivided truth at the root of all things.

 

Tao – way
Te – strength/virtue
Ching – scripture

Yin and Yang (Chart)

Buddha concluded, Wisdom is the Middle Way.

 

Yin and Yang qualities – juxtaposed
༺༻Yin expressionYang expression
1.Earth belowHeaven above
2.Quiet, female, receiving, intuitiveStrong, male, giving, creative
3.Source of life, sustainingIn motion, triggering change
4.Night, darkDay time, light
5.Rain, water, coldSunshine, fire, heat
6.Winter, autumnSummer, spring
7.Odd numbersEven numbers
8.MoonSun
9.North, WestSouth, East
10.Right, downLeft, up
11.IntuitionIntellect
12.Passive, staticActive, dynamic
13.Contraction, decreasingExpansion, increasing
14.Conservative[*], traditionalInnovative, reformative[*]
15.ValleyMountain
16.RiverDesert
17.CurveStraight line
18.SoftHard
19.SolidifyingDissolving
20.Psychological world (Astral)Physical world (Observable)
21.TigerDragon
22.Kidneys, heart, liver, lungsBladder, intestines, skin
Eternal cycle: ► When Yin reaches its climax, it recedes in favour of Yang, then after Yang reaches its climax it
recedes in favour of Yin. Yin cannot exist without both Ying and Yang.

 

Yin and Yang characteristics
YIN featuresLegendYANG featuresLegend
Yin characteristicsSensitive, nurturing, slower moving, intuitive, relaxed, imaginative, quite, introvertedYang characteristicsExcited, rational, direct, mental, enthusiastic, outgoing, changeable, logical
Too much YinDepression, weight gain, accumulates clutter, past-oriented, cries frequentlyToo much YangAnxious, future-oriented, hyperactive, emotion-less, reactive
Balancing with Yang qualitiesLarge windows, open floor plan, skylights, high ceilings, light colors, natural light, Tall furniture, hardwoods, minimalism, mirrorsBalancing with Yin qualitiesSmall separate rooms, Closed doors, lower ceilings, covered porches, small windows, more trees and shrubs, rugs and carpet, window coverings, low furniture, low light, dark colors
Source: ► Blog article Are You More Yin or More Yang?, presented by Earth Home TV Blog, 28. June 2011
See also: ► The Luciferic ⇔ the Ahrimanic (Chart)

 

  • Three types of integration
    1. The first integration of yin and yang is the union of seed and egg within the womb.
    2. The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual union of the mature male and female.
      Both of these are concerned with flesh and blood, and all that is conceived in this realm must one day disintegrate and pass away.
    3. It is only the third integration which gives birth to something immortal.
      In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the light of spiritual understanding. Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines his gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and light. This divine light has the capability of penetrating into the mighty ocean of spiritual energy and complete wisdom that is the Tao. The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.
Hua Hu Ching. The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu, translated by Brian Walker, verse 66, HarperOne San Francisco, 1995, Harper Collins, revised edition 4. August 20091

 

  • Historically, the most influential Chinese perspectives on the issue of gender come from what are commonly referred to as Confucian and Daoist traditions of thought, which take somewhat opposing positions. Many texts associated with Confucianism emphasize yang’s dominant, male-related characteristics, whereas those linked to Daoism, especially the Laozi, reverse this view, finding value in yin’s subordinate, female characteristics. However, it should be noted that Chinese thinkers, regardless of their classification as Confucian or Daoist, generally see the opposing qualities of yin and yang as integral parts of a whole that complement one another. Accordingly, the closest word to "gender" in modern Chinese is xingbie, which can be quite literally understood as a difference (bie) of individual nature or tendencies (xing). Article Gender in Chinese Philosophy, presented by Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, undated

 

 

  • The absence of order is as important as order. Because it is in that interaction [of Yin and Yang] that the flexibility can manifest the resilience to adapt to new circumstances. […] It's the absence of these characteristics that actually gives the flexibility to the system. In our civilisation we only understand efficiency. Video interview with Bernard Lietaer, Ph.D. Lietaer.com (*1942) solution oriented Belgian economist, co-designer of the European € currency, Central Bank of Belgium, professor of International Finance, University, Louvain, Belgium, research fellow Center for Sustainable Resources, UCB, co-founder of ACCESS Foundation, author, New Money for a New World, part 6 of 19, presented by newmoneyforanewworld.com, YouTube film, minute 2:15ff, 5:14 minutes duration, posted 14./15. February 2012

 

See also: ► Three mating drives Helen Fisher ∞ Three types of integration of Yin and Yang Lao Tzu

Juxtaposing the Luciferic ⇔ the Ahrimanic – Rudolf Steiner

Luciferic and Ahrimanic traits and attributes
For Rudolf Steiner the devil expresses itself as Lucifer and Ahriman. Neither attributes are bad as such, each furthers
humanity's evolution. According to Steiner Lucifer has incarnated in a human body during the third millennium before Christ.
Ahriman will incarnate in the third millennium after Christ. [2000s].
༺༻       Luciferic – Excess expression              Ahrimanic – Excess expression       
1.Frenzy, hyperactivity [FIRE]Tedium, boredom [FREEZING WATER]
2.Flexibility, airy [AIR]Solidification, granite-like [EARTH]
3.Unification, generalizationDiversity, particularization
4.QualitativeQuantitative
5.Unified vision [United Nations]Individual vision [Chauvinism]
6.High flight of IcarusHumility of Francis Bacon
7.Gnosis, speaking and thinkingStatistics, proof, literal Gospel reading
8.Pagan wisdomTechnological advances
9.Fantasy, illusion, superstitionConcrete sensory-based, materialism
10.One languageMany languages
11.Spirit-permeated cosmology   AstrologyMathematical astronomy
12.Unspirited eating and drinkingUn-read knowledge stored in libraries
Source: ► Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Croation-born Austrian cultural philosopher, literary critic, social reformer, architect,
mystic esotericist, founder of anthroposophy, The Influences of Lucifer & Ahriman, GA 191,
Five Lectures given in Bern and Dornach, 1919, Anthroposophic Press, 1993
See also:
Seven primary affective systems – Jaak Panksepp
Balanced characteristics of creative people – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Yin and Yang (Chart) and ► Rudolf Steiner and ► Darkness and ► Negativity

 

Solution: Spirit-filled synthesis, walking a conscious middle way
between the temptation of both forces, balancing both gifts
(manic frenzy ⇔ depressed tedium) with Christ energy.

 

But woe betide if this Copernicanism is not confronted
by the knowledge that the cosmos is permeated by soul and spirit.
It is this knowledge that Ahriman wants to withhold.
He would like to keep people so obtuse that they can grasp only the mathematical aspect of astronomy.

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Croation-born Austrian cultural philosopher, literary critic, social reformer, architect, mystic esotericist, founder of anthroposophy, author, D. S. Osmond, The Influences of Lucifer and Ahriman, S. 18, SteinerBooks, 1. October 1993

 

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1 Towards a New Understanding of Huahujing (The scripture of transforming the barbarians) from Dunhuang. Liu Yi, presented by IDP,  issue No. 7, spring 1997

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