“The ancient masters were profound and subtle. Their wisdom was unfathomable.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
There’s another un-word. According to my faithful reader, Bob, this is one of those concepts that requires application of the f-word (faith).
Let’s see: according to TheBigView.com:
The Tao Te Ching was written in China roughly 2,500 years ago at about the same time when Buddha expounded the Dharma in India and Pythagoras taught in Greece. The Tao Te Ching is probably the most influential Chinese book of all times. Its 81 chapters have been translated into English more times than any other Chinese document.
The Tao Te Ching provides the basis for the philosophical school of Taoism, which is an important pillar of Chinese thought. Taoism teaches that there is one undivided truth at the root of all things. It literally means:
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So. If this was written 500 years before Christ, who were the ancient masters referred to here? Well, Moses is an ancient master of the Judeo-Christian world, and according to Answers.com , “Moses was born about 1527[B.C.] and was in Egypt till about 1487 B.C. He then lived in Midian until 1447 and then was in the wilderness until about 1407, where he died.”
According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Confucius, though his life is couched in legend and myth, was considered a contemporary of Lao Tzu – in fact it’s unclear which of the two coined the single step quote I used in yesterday’s entry.
So what am I getting at? If Lao Tzu considered the wisdom of the ancient masters to be unfathomable, I don’t know my a$$ from a hole in the ground. I’m fine with that. Just sayin.