Lao Tzu vs. Jesus

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    Oct 03, 2016 6:04 PM GMT
    Jesus - Words in the Gospels

    Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching

    In the hands of Jonathan Star, the eighty-one verses of the Tao Te Ching resound with the elegant, simple images and all-penetrating ideas that have made this ancient work a cornerstone of the world's wisdom literature.

    "It would be hard to find a fresh approach to a text that ranks only behind the Bible as the most widely translated book in the world, but Star achieves that goal. . . . As fascinating to the casual scholar as it is for the serious student." -NAPRA ReView "Jonathan Star's Tao Te Ching achieves the essential: It clarifies the meaning of the text without in the slightest reducing its mystery." -Jacob Needleman

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    Oct 05, 2016 2:30 AM GMT
    Some famous sayings of Laozi (Lao Tzu) include:

    "When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

    "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

    "Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

    "The more that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves and robbers there will be."


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    Laozi Immortal and Grand Master of Heaven
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    Oct 05, 2016 2:39 AM GMT
    Taoism

    Laozi is traditionally regarded as the founder of Taoism, intimately connected with the Daodejing and "primordial" (or "original") Taoism.

    Popular ("religious") Taoism typically presents the Jade Emperor as the official head deity.
    Intellectual ("elite") Taoists, such as the Celestial Masters sect, usually present Laozi (Laojun, "Lord Lao") and the Three Pure Ones at the top of the pantheon of deities.

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    The Jade Emperor (Chinese: 玉皇; pinyin: Yù Huáng or 玉帝, Yù Dì) in Chinese culture, traditional religions and myth is one of the representations of the first god (太帝 tài dì). In Taoist theology he is Yuanshi Tianzun, one of the Three Pure Ones, the three primordial emanations of the Tao. He is also the Cao Đài ("Highest Power") of Caodaism.

    The Jade Emperor is known by many names, including Heavenly Grandfather

    Origin

    It was said that the Jade Emperor was originally the crown prince of the kingdom of Pure Felicity and Majestic Heavenly Lights and Ornaments. At birth, he emitted a wondrous light that filled the entire kingdom. When he was young, he was kind, intelligent and wise. He devoted his entire childhood to helping the needy (the poor and suffering, the deserted and single, the hungry and disabled). Furthermore, he showed respect and benevolence to both men and creatures. After his father died, he ascended the throne. He made sure that everyone in his kingdom found peace and contentment. After that, he told his ministers that he wished to cultivate Tao on the Bright and Fragrant Cliff.

    After 1,750 kalpas, each kalpa lasting for 129,600 years, he attained Golden Immortality. After another one hundred million years of cultivation, he finally became the Jade Emperor (using the given figures, this period before his becoming the Jade Emperor lasted for a total of about 226,800,000 years.)
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    Oct 08, 2016 5:25 AM GMT
    The Parables of Jesus, alone, probably overpower the Tao Te Ching.