Tao is Wisdom
Taoism is religion
If it is not clear yet then let me state I am not religious and I feel religion to be a failure in the person.
Wisdom is everywhere and it happens that some of the purest recorded wisdom comes in the Tao Te Ching. To feel though that the 81 verses are all perfection and that nothing exists outside of them is error and understanding of the first chapter is clarification of this.
"The Tao that can be told is not the Tao."
Tao was the term Lau Tzu came up with when he backed himself into a corner and decided that, if pushed, he would call it Tao. Truly, and the way I see, there is and can be no name.
I would like to use another name, this is the trap of language, we kind of need a name to communicate, yet communication can not carry Tao.
Truth is FUUUUUUU!!!!!! WOW!! and then a calm deep intake of breath.
That we can have !!!! here, this - look I can touch, feel, see a reality, there is an indication there is a me, and a you, and so many of us, animals creatures, love, hair, feelings, bam! infront of us.. us, wow! that is incredible.
To conceptualise reality (what you do all the time and the next 80 chapters of the Tao Te Ching) is error.
There is absolute magic!
The atheist, the nihilist, the day to day person, is not wrong, they just deny or miss the magic.
The religious person any form of "-ist" or "-ism" is not wrong they just feel there is somewhere they have to find "it" - not wrong, they are just looking not seeing.
Teaching and wisdom points, that is all.
It seems so many, even though they can quote "finger pointing to the moon" still are hung up on the finger.
Well, finger to you, middle that is, there is bliss and WOW here and that is all I am here for.
This post originally appeared on Ta-Wan's blog, Tao Wow.