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Laozi’s Dao De Jing

[Dao is The Way.
path to the awakening
of our true nature;
the opposites united,
In harmony and balance.]

Master Laozi,
‘Philosopher of Ages,’
author of the Dao De Jing,
You are a quantum wonder,
not erased by time or space.

Your proclamations
on The Art of Harmony,
on The Way of Life,
remain a classic;
and there is no counterpart.

From the Book of Odes,
sages have cited your work.
Most famous, Zhuangzi;
likewise, by Confucius,
in his Analects treatise.

Then came Mohism,
a moralist school of teaching.
A dialectic…
and Confucian contrast;
to offset Dao De Jing.

Despite intrusions,
Daoism stands its ground
as a principle.
Laozi’s hallmark is robust;
distinguished by its presence.

Dao is a guide
that offers us instructions.
It is a teaching
concerning The Way of Life;
a teaching without judgments.

As a behavior,
the Dao has two phases
The first — that we make choices.
The second — our discernment.

requires understanding.
for moral guidance;
yet, surpassing even that,
requires selective choice.

As a ‘road’ or ‘path,’
Dao offers us wisdom.
It is a gateway
that’s multidimensional;
with us as the choice makers.

Dao is cosmic,
an existential wonder;
and ever constant.
It is nature’s Way of Life;
encompassing opposites.

[Dao is The Way,
path to the awakening
of our true nature;
the opposites united,
In harmony and balance.]

About this poem

A mythical or historical Chinese philosopher attributed as founder of Daoism, Laozi (circa 604 BC-531 BC) is considered to be the author of the Dao De Jing. Dao De Jing as a philosophy of life-force; of energy, or chi, both potential and kinetic, is regarded as nature’s Way of Life that, in its essence, encompasses all opposites. See my other online Tao poems on poetry.com entitled “DAO of Psyche,” “The TAO of E Pluribus Unum,” “The TAO of Direction,” “TAO Has no Scale,” “In TAO,” “Wisdom of DAO,” “Wisdom of TAO Te Ching,” “The Silent Wisdom of DAO,” “How Does The TAO See,” and “The Way of TAO is The Way of Spirit. ” See also the related poem Taoist poem entitled “The Essence of the Noumenon,” and the ‘nativist Tao poem’ entitled “We Are All Aborigines.” All of these poems treat the subject of both Tao (lowercase) and TAO (uppercase) as embracing the phenomenon of balance and harmony in the universe. TAO, or ‘The Way of Life’ makes observations of and asserts that there is an integral and even harmonious relationship of opposites, of Yin and Yang in nature. TAO celebrates the oneness of all existence, typically masked by the foibles and misapprehension of human perception that consider TAO superficially as being that of random multiplicity of the “1000 things.” Such a perspective often engenders friction, rivalries, conflict, and division in human societies and in human civilizations. Instead, TAO or DAO at its innermost core, celebrates the integral union and unity of universal ONENESS; of E Pluribus Unum as the unrealized divine, prescribed, existential underlying order of life presented to humanity in all its manifested complexities. In short, The Tao that is made manifest is not the TAO. Similarly, Kinetic energy is not potential energy. Likewise, The archetypal image is not the archetype itself. The multiple parts themselves are constituents of the whole, but are not the whole. Stated bluntly, “to be” is not the same as “to become.” The former is ‘kinetic.’ The latter is ‘potential.’ TAO is undivided. To be in TAO is to be undivided, to be in the state of an ‘uncarved block.’ To be in TAO is to become, in theological terms, ‘sanctified’ or ‘made whole.’ TAO as ultimate puzzle, is the conjunctive mystical union of Yin-Yang and of Being-Becoming. 

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Written on February 08, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 08, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on March 02, 2023

1:28 min read

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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