czarodziej saidyeah i love the tao te ching- though i disagree with it in parts- but i've always struggled with that 'not collecting precious things' bit.... lol. i agree with its teaching on the way of the tau- of neutrality and of embracing all opposites as equal and equally necessary... but i disagree with the entire part about nature serving as man's greatest role model. mentor, yes- role model, no, not in my opinion- at least not in the sense that lau tzu describes. that's my two cents on the worlds oldest book :p
While older than the Christian bible, I don't think it is the worlds oldest book. It OK to disagree though, that is freedom. If the Tao is the underlying principle of "the known" it will remain in action even when we don't see or understand it. However, I think people often mistake "the Way" with a western concept of God or even "nature". It is more like a great "something" or even "nothing" upon which the entire visible universe sits on. As far as disagreeing with words, it should be expected, the problem with words in describing "the Way" is paradoxically laid out (The Tao Te Ching is not the Tao)
Tao Te Ching 1The 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 ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see 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.
Nevertheless, whatever ideas we have there is freedom or liberty ..
Tao Te Ching 59The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
I know you are a fan of ALEISTER CROWLEY Here is something you may like (I am not a fan of his old english prose and he interjects his own philosophy perhaps, but still interesting)http://deoxy.org/taowley.htm
Looking at it, it is HIGHLY paraphrased.
I think I prefer the classic Jane English translationhttp://elyxr.com/tao/index.cfm