3. The relationship between Tao and mankind

The shapeless and formless Tao brings about various elements and spiritual energy. These elements and spiritual energy combine to form living cells. Cells then proliferate into living entities.

Because of the differences in the combination of elements and the intensity of spiritual energy, each living entity is unique. The intensity of the spiritual energy given to a species determines its class.

Among all the living things on Earth, mankind is the only life form that possesses all attributes of Tao. Thus,

Mankind is the dominion on Earth.
Tien-Tao is the mystic key
to the cosmos and
is the only way to return to
God’s kingdom.

The Confucian book The Doctrine of the Mean states:

“Tao cannot be deviated from momentarily.
If it can be deviated from,
it is not the true Tao.”

Thus mankind must live according to Tao, just like a train must run on rails, a ship must sail on her course, and an airplane must fly along its designated route.

Catastrophes occur if a train is derailed, a ship deviated from her course, and a plane does not follow its designated route.

Similarly, if one deviates from Tao, he is likely to commit sinful conducts and will be punished by the laws and disparaged by the society.

Upon death, he will be judged based on his karma, and then reborn as either a human, a mammal, a bird, aquatic lives, or insects.

The inability to transcend from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth creates endless sufferings. That is why Confucius said:

Confucius's statue
Confucius’s statue

“He who knows Tao will forever follow the all benevolent Tao till he dies.”

“He who knows Tao will constantly worry if he can attain Tao, and never worries about living in poverty.”

“He who knows Tao is filled with joy.”

Confucius enlightened Yan-hui, who followed Tao for his whole life. (Yan-hui was one of the Saints in Confucianism.)

Yan-hui illustration
Yan-hui illustration

Confucius also enlightened Zeng-zi, who,

followed Tao with such
extreme care as if he were
standing at the edge of a canyon
or walking on thin ice
.

Every day, Zeng-zi, reflected upon himself three times to see:

  • if he had done his best to preach God’s Truth,
  • if he had been truthful, and
  • if he had practiced what he had learned about Tao.

Zeng-zi eventually became the Second Patriarch in Confucianism.

Zeng-zi statue
Zeng-zi statue

In summary, from the standards set by these Saints, we can see how closely humans are tied to Tao. Unfortunately, most people put aside Tien-Tao and do not try to understand It.

That’s why Confucius expressed his pity once by saying:

“A man must gain entrance to a house through the door,
yet why wouldn’t he follow Tao to live?”

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