In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.
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The Tao is the natural order of the universe and is older than any deity. It is the guiding force that resides within us and unites us to everything in our environment. It is also known as the "Great Mother" and does not produce anything; rather, it provides energy to all beings, nourishing and tending to them.
One of the key scriptures of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching, explains the nature of the Tao, the efficacy of inaction, and the interrelationship of the forces of the cosmos. Through objectivity, observation, and balance, the Tao promotes peaceful existence.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.