The Great Philosopher of The East - Lao Tzu

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Lao Tzu is one of the most incredible people in the world history of philosophy. His book Tao-Te-Ching is justified and has obtained a noble standing among great philosophical works of the world.

About Lao Tzu.

According to some writers Lao Tzu was a divine being immortal and self surviving expressing himself as a man being on the earth at many times and under numerous names. There is no doubt that Lao Tzu was a real person, and it is commonly accepted that he lived to a ripe old age. Thus, his name meaning an old scholar is particularly suitable. His original name was Li, and Era was his given name. He was also remembered as Li Tan. Both the terms Erh and Tan mean ear.

That his own disciples or at least those who supposed to be and probably believed, that they were his disciples should continue his name was only what we would have expected. They have elevated him from the level of real mortals and characterized him as an incarnation of divinity showing himself on this world at different times and in different manners.

His conception and birth his physical appearance and everything about him have been represented by them as divine. The philosophic short study, which he written, is viewed as a holy book. Much of this has ascended from a spirit of contention with Buddhism. The Taoists did not want to stay behind the Buddhists in the amount of admiration and mystery attaching to the reputed founder of their religion.

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Life of Lao Tzu.

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Disregarding the mythological explanations of his birth and being we get more concrete statements recorded in a book Shih-Chih written by Ssu-ma Chien. According to this remarkable book Lao Tzu (Laozi) was asserted to be born around 570 B.C. and would by his calculations be about 20 years the senior of Confucius (Kong Fuzi).

The eminent philosopher Confucius was claimed to have much respect for Lao Tzu, some accounts of their claimed meeting had Lao Tzu giving stern rebuke to the younger Confucius. He cultivated Tao and virtue, learned to live in seclusion and anonymity as the best thing resided for a long time in Chou when he saw the fortunes of the empire going to upset he left the province and came to the pass Han-ku-kwan.

Towards the end of his life, Lao Tzu became disillusioned with the society of his time and he became a recluse, shutting himself off. Finally, he decided to move to the solitude of the mountains to try to find the truth that he had always sought. The keeper of the Pass by name Yin requested him since he is about to go into hiding he must write a book for him.

Here upon Lao Tzu produced his book in two sections containing more than 5,000 characters and declaring the intent of Tao and Te. This is the ultimately recorded information that we have of Lao Tzu. He left the Pass having enriched the keeper with the 81 chapters he had composed on Tao and Virtue and left off. No one sees his death. But, behind him, he left a vast collection of wisdom, passed down through the ages.

His Philosophy

Lao Tzu had a mystical view of the world. He felt that even before people there were established fixed laws of nature and of right and wrong. These were what he spent his life searching for, and he called these laws the Tao or the way. Lao Tzu holds what is called a naturalistic view of life. His views are tied in with the traditional Chinese idea of trying to accomplish contentment.

Anything, which was not natural, was bound to be second best. According to him, human effort, artificial manipulation of events, and even push of any kind is unnatural and to be discredited. Anything overdone is feared as being subject to disaster, or even inviting. Too much happiness is to be shunned because it may cause sorrow.

One who is, instead, to feel satisfied with what is given, since it has been learned from long experience that there are many who are happy with less. Happiness is, therefore, an internal occurrence and parallel to one's own desires.

With such a realistic view of life, many things, which are essential, are unnecessary. Besides, more physical effort involved the more delicate and bothersome the situation becomes.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for this informative page. ~Marilyn

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author avatar sukkran
13th Sep 2013 (#)

thanks for your visit and comment marilyn.

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author avatar Trillionaire
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, I am learning.

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author avatar sukkran
13th Sep 2013 (#)

thanks trillionaire

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Sep 2013 (#)

He was a marvellous man and you too for bringing forth this information...thank you sukkran...

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author avatar sukkran
13th Sep 2013 (#)

thanks for your visit and comment, carolina.

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Great post. Thumbs up from me

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
14th Sep 2013 (#)

Good article on Lao Tzu.His quotes are deep.

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author avatar sukkran
18th Sep 2013 (#)

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18th Sep 2013 (#)

Excellent and informative as always

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18th Sep 2013 (#)

thank you friend.

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