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Deep attachments – small divine abilities!

The best example of how social goals prevail over individual goals is a person's dedication to their work. This is best shown in relation to residents of the United States and countries that imitate them. In the United States, the love of work is widely professed in the "work ethic". At the same time, the concept of "work" was greatly distorted. This is far from a certain amount of work that is performed to get funds to pay bills. In the modern sense, work is an effort that should bring pleasure to a person. If a person constantly talks about their love for work, they demonstrate to society how loyal they are. At the same time, society itself puts the label "good person"on people who work hard.

Today, there is a blurring of the boundaries between work and leisure. If we talk about leisure, this time is especially precious, since during this period a person can truly enjoy life. Unlike work, it brings real, not fictional pleasure. However, today the situation has developed so that for many, work has become this fun pastime. The employee knows about this, so the profession forms his self-esteem, and everything that happens around him is somehow connected with professional pride.

Work in its new form is a kind of game with money and power, which are obtained as a kind of bonuses, in the Protocol, where the results of life are indicated. The modern Westerner gets satisfaction from receiving these bonuses, getting more and more money, gaining more and more prestige. It is becoming more popular in society. If "blind" people take part in competitions, it is natural that they will play against their own interests. Americans who can no longer work are forced to spend the rest of their lives in constant anger, as they begin to realize that they have spent most of their lives replenishing Bank accounts. And they were forced to do it fraudulently.

Since Taoism teaches interaction with the world, it allows you to learn to understand your own innermost desires. This is an opportunity to learn to adhere to your natural desires without noticing the false values of society. A good mentor can convey to the student the basics of philosophy that will be required for a successful life.

To achieve enlightenment, you need to live a perfect day. One of the discoveries that is made in the course of planning a perfect day is that a lot of things that give us pleasure have a very low price. For book lovers, there are free libraries. Fans of Hiking, do not have to pay for anything. For fishing, there is an inexpensive bait, and for drawing – quite affordable paints. To sit at a table with family and friends for a long time, you will need only one bottle of wine.

There is only one problem – free time for all this, which is quite difficult to buy. The real cost of a perfect day is equal to the cost of Your time. You've probably heard of the phrase: "Time is money." In the modern world, the traditional way of life, which is made in order to get a more spacious house or car, requires money, which is why our leisure time is significantly reduced. In order to move up the career ladder to get a higher salary, we are exposed to more stress due to high responsibility. It takes away our freedom.

As we age, our perfect day moves further and further away. We are offered everything on credit, which is a gross Western deception, and not only Western. Through enlightenment, your mind becomes clear, which makes it possible to determine what the perfect day is. Lao Tzu's gift to our world is the result of a life where the perfect day becomes the day when suffering is eliminated.

A man who is truly lost will not get out of his delusions!

In addition to others who act as the most important source of disorder, there are other, more organized sources of this disease. We are talking about the family and other social institutions that were created over the centuries in order to impose certain values of society on the population. Who is spreading the contagion of false values? Everything is very clear here – political and public organizations, churches, universities and schools.

Not so long ago, when the family was the structure necessary for survival, children, regardless of where they grew up, necessarily provided comprehensive assistance to their parents in back-breaking work. At the same time, the fathers taught their sons the craft, taught them to hunt, which allowed them to provide meat for the whole family. As for the daughters, they cooked, looked after their younger siblings, and washed and washed with their mothers. Each child helped their parents as much as they could.

In those days, the existence of families was not easy in physical terms, but it confirmed the values that were based on reality. Natural death was only part of family life, since grandparents lived in the same house with their children and grandchildren. In the moments when the older ones died, for the younger generation, it was a kind of lesson in the cycle of life.

To live in a modern Western country, you no longer need to have a family. Parents don't always take responsibility for how their child learns to survive in the real world. The result of all this is a disordered relationship between parents and children who, as they grow up, have values that run counter to reality. Family values in the US are no longer based on survival. They are brought out of the dreams of chattering priests, scientists of public institutions, and politicians.

Throughout history, public institutions were created solely for the benefit of the ruling classes, the main purpose of which was to provide guarantees for the smooth functioning of society. Because of this behavior of the members of society, they became like robots. Most often, such institutions support favorite artificial values, threatening those who disobey with death or prison.

As for industrial society, its institutions need to be provided with daily control of the masses. Society transmits information to the public in the most sophisticated ways, from television and movies to radio, magazines, Newspapers, or the Internet. This is a great opportunity to manage your population, which leads to an amazing result. This daily flow of information is called "propaganda".

The most powerful and pervasive media is television, which promotes many values of society that are completely contrary to reality. Today, in the West, television is perceived as a banal entertainment, its impact seems invisible and innocent. Typical Westerners spend about 5 hours a day watching TV. They are perceived as fictional values for an accurate reflection of reality. Even if the audience understands that television is unreal, they still learn the values embedded in the programs.

On TV, they show how everyone is doing well and how much Hollywood stars earn. However, what do those who have not been able to become a star and do not earn millions do? How can an ordinary person succeed? This is the moment when suffering comes. The more a person corresponds to the ideal people invented, the more difficult it is to achieve an unattainable image. Often, the longer this goes on, the worse the situation becomes. In spite of this, all the media bring down on ordinary people values that promote their ideals, which in the real world have absolutely no support.

Those who make promises easily find it difficult to keep their word

In the far East, the process of enlightenment is considered complete when the student fully absorbs the teachings that will become the natural essence of his being. In Japan, this state is called "Zen", and in China – "Chan". The achievement of this state occurs when the teaching turns into a law for a person, which works "automatically", on an instinctive level. For example, if you are just beginning to master the skills of driving a car, Then you just can't help but think about the gearbox, the brake, and how to handle the steering wheel correctly. However, time passes, and everything is brought to automatism. Chan doesn't need much thought. For those who wish to become a spiritual person, the principles of Tao must become Chan. This must be an integral part of You, otherwise you will not be able to achieve this state.

When Chan appears in us, we do not just get the same skill that allows us to act on the level of instincts. Chan is the formation of one of the most important principles – the ability to live in the present moment. If You can recognize that reacting to the moment is everything, then we can act instantly. We can't know the future, and the past is already in history. When driving a car, we react to the situation that develops on the road, i.e. to other cars that are in the stream ahead of You and not to those that you overtook half an hour ago. In life, everything is exactly the same. Each of us should live in the present day, reacting exclusively to it, and not getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future. If we live every day as the last, we can learn to appreciate life, learn to enjoy every minute of it, and this is the key to achieving well-being.

In China, it is generally believed that enlightenment occurs in two ways. According to one school, the state of manifestation of the state of Chan occurs suddenly, after years of preparation, like a bright flash of awareness. According to other teachings, the attainment of the state of Chan is slow, along with the study and assimilation of the principles of Taoism. However, both schools agree on one thing – enlightenment can come only after many years of loyalty to the chosen path and work on yourself.

For modern Western thinking, devoting many years of labor to achieve your goal is not the best idea. Western people are used to eating fast, losing extra pounds in 5 days, using high-speed Internet, getting loans in 2 minutes, watching news stories lasting 30 seconds, retelling classics of literature on 10 pages. If in China, medicine focuses on the prevention of diseases, which takes years, in the West, they try to recover as quickly as possible by taking a miracle pill or using superlaser surgery.

For the average Westerner, deep devotion to something is as alien as hieroglyphic writing. I'm sorry to say this, but this activity is almost the only one that Americans can be completely and completely devoted to.

Life is war-nature is not good. The main ideas of Taoism

Lao Tzu invites each of us to know nature as it is . Here it is important not to label good and evil. Lao Tzu teaches that each of us has the right to know the unchanging environment. As for the desired clarity of mind, this is a kind of antidote to the misconceptions of values accepted by society. If a clearer picture of the world appears before a person, then the future Taoist begins to independently pave his way to peace, surrounded by vanity and chaos.

At the same time, the teachings of Lao Tzu are quite romantic. It is enough to visit any classic Taoist temple and you can find yourself surrounded by divine statues that are dressed in armor and armed to the teeth. Life is war-nature is not good. This idea may not be the most pleasant, but it is at the heart of Taoism. Many philosophical and religious systems recognize that the existence of mortals is full of pain, so they offer their own ways to take some measures to change what cannot be changed. In contrast, Taoism provides tools that are used to co-exist with the laws of nature and achieve well-being in an environment that is not the most friendly.

The whole optimism of Dosism lies in the romantic certainty that the individual, like the hero of a great mythology, can successfully defeat his enemies. He knows how to deal with faceless society and its seductive delusions. He knows how to work his way out of public ignorance and into the realm of clarity.

Philosophy is called the "mother of all Sciences"for a reason. The Tao philosophy allows us to look at a clear picture of the real world, and its principles are applied in many Sciences of Ancient China. It was the Taoists who invented paper, compasses, porcelain, gunpowder, and matches. It was the Taoists who developed various strategic methods that were used in almost all spheres of human life, from pre-war construction to astronomy. True Taoists are indefatigable researchers of nature who put into practice everything they learn from observing reality.

The most romantic idea of Taoism is its ascent to shamanic, mystical roots. The philosophy and religion of the Tao are different. If philosophy explains to man his mortal existence, then religion is used to purify his corrupt soul.

Because of the vanity of civilization in man, not only are natural instincts destroyed, but the very essence itself is destroyed. It doesn't matter what you call this entity. We can call it "soul". So, when the soul is enclosed within a mortal, vain creature, it reflects this receptacle itself, which is mired in many contradictions. This is a torment that entails severe mental metaphysical consequences after the death of the body. So, because of the spiritual sin of vain throwing, there comes an unhappy mortal existence and doom in the afterlife.

Physical reality is considered by Taoists as a manifestation of heavenly principles. Therefore, asking the gods to guide us in our mortal existence is also a prayer for the purification of our souls. Despite the fact that Lao Tzu is quite sharp in describing reality, it reveals many life secrets that allow the individual to break through the forces of delusion and vanity, to enter the realm of well-being, where his soul truly overshadows salvation.

Sensitivity to chaos, suffering, and absurdity is a wonderful gift and a curse for life!

Despite the fact that most of humanity cannot accept the fact that there is a place for suffering every day in our lives, there are still people who understand that something is wrong with this world. Perhaps You belong to this group of people. This is probably why you are so attracted to Taoism. Selected people know how to notice contradictions in commonly held beliefs and information that is constantly offered by reality.

These people hear about how religious leaders teach that people are good by nature, but the terrorists continue to send hijacked planes into buildings. These people see how hypocritical state leaders are, who in their younger years were able to avoid military service, and now send soldiers of their country to war in distant lands. These people recognize old people who gave everything to their children and now don't even get birthday cards in return. Looking at how corrupt, deceitful politicians are re-elected again and again, looking at how everyone needs to work 24 hours a day to pay for their car or house loans, health insurance and children's education, and make contributions to the pension Fund, you realize that there is really little good in the real world. What are the priests who put on their magnificent vestments and teach poor people how to live properly? And a loveless marriage? What about murderers who leave prison? And friends who disappear without a trace as soon as difficult times come?

In fact, only those people who understand that something is wrong around them begin to doubt. They ask themselves, " is the modern world on the right track?» Is this world ruled by unintelligent people? Maybe the neighbor is smiling at You through his teeth? Maybe by turning one cheek, get hit again? Also, the very worldview that society supports can be a complete deception.

If you notice every day that human society has symptoms, then Taoism is right for you. Even if you have no material problems, the soul may be in a state of confusion. If You are sensitive enough to feel the impact of the chaos, suffering, and absurdity that is happening around you, then surely there is a place for discontent in Your life and knowing the Tao, You can get protection. However, Taoism can only be understood by a strong person who easily accepts the bitter reality and is able to think beyond all social conventions. In this case, the path of the Tao is Your path. If You belong to a group of people who are looking for clear answers to life's questions, then there is no better teacher than Lao Tzu.

A thinking person should be aware that enlightenment is not an esoteric toy. This is a very important journey, the main goal of which is to achieve well-being. As a religion and philosophy, Taoism is based on the writings of an ancient Chinese philosopher. At first, it may seem that the philosophy of Lao Tzu is quite pessimistic, since its main postulate is that nature is not good, but in fact, this philosophical system is optimistic. Although Lao Tzu warns that the view of nature should be sober, he talks about a way to accept such reality and start living a life that has room for well-being.

To get rid of desires, to accept suffering – to know Taoism

Several thousand years ago, Lao Tzu lived in China. It was this sage who was able to create the most mysterious yet practical philosophical system in history. It is one thing when Your life at some point turned into a confusing route, which by the way many follow from birth, and another – when You move through life in accordance with the essence of man and nature. That is why it is important to follow the path of a warrior and defend your soul in order to move through life in accordance with nature and not to fall on the path of error.

You will probably ask yourself a question. Why should you seek such adventures at all, why doubt the beliefs that your parents, teachers, and the Church have formed in You? The point is that only someone who decides to go on such a journey can become a true "man of the Tao", but the reverse side of the coin will be that for your own country you will definitely become a stranger. Why take risks? What can we get out of this?

For a long time, regardless of the structure of theological systems, the process of enlightenment was described as a way to get rid of the suffering of followers. For example, the Buddha said that there is room for suffering in this world only because of our material and spiritual desires. For this reason, he gave his followers one piece of advice – to get rid of desires. Like other spiritual guides, the Buddha recognized that in order to become enlightened, one must first become aware of one's suffering and then do something about it. In other words, if a person does not suffer, then why should he be enlightened?

For sure, like many representatives of Western civilization, you may not be able to recognize the fact that there is always a place for suffering in your daily life and you face it every day. If You are a successful businessman, Manager, or government employee, satisfied with your work and life, satisfied with a great relationship with your loved ones, and confident that the world is a wonderful place, then it is pointless to talk about any enlightenment. Until a person begins to recognize that he is suffering every day, it is futile to start searching for enlightenment.

Lao Tzu warned that citizens who are completely satisfied with society should not know the gross reality. In any case, they should not point this out. For them, the Tao will be a real disservice. The sage emphasized that ideas can cause discontent among people who do not want or cannot understand them. Despite the simplicity of the Tao, it can be compared to higher mathematics, a science that will not be understood by everyone. Lao Tzu called the masses " the herd." Indeed, he viewed human society as a grazing herd, happily chewing its food, not seeing the slaughterhouse that is located next to the pasture. The sage knew that enlightening a society that is on the level of cattle is a futile and even potentially dangerous task. He understood that for most people, it is better to be blissfully unaware of what is happening in the world than to know that there is a place for suffering in their lives every day.

About Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is a form of Buddhism, and for the past 30 years has been the subject of great interest in the United States and Western European countries. The founder of Zen Buddhism was a monk from India named BoD-Hidharma, who visited China in 520, establishing a special school of Buddhism that was intended only for a narrow circle of people. This school became known as Chan Buddhism. In Japanese, "Chan" means " Zen " (contemplation).

According to tradition, its origin is associated with a legend. One day, instead of giving a long-winded sermon, the Buddha simply accepted flowers. Of course, everyone was confused, but only the elder Mahakashyana calmly smiled, looked at his teacher and was able to understand what the eloquence of his attitude is without an answer. It was then that the Buddha said that he had the most precious treasure (spiritual, transcendental), which is transmitted to Mahakashyani. This situation reveals the hidden essence of the Buddha and according to tradition, the basis of the teaching was Zen. Zen was formed in the sixth century. In its basis was laid by Buddhism mahakassapa interpretation, as well as certain ideas of Taoism.

Many people are interested in the question of what opens up for a Zen follower who has reached the goal of Satori. The lack of information in Zen literature on Satori issues is explained by the fact that it is not represented in words, it is impossible to understand it, it is impossible to learn it. Zen teaches that a person who has not passed through this state will never understand its content. Here it is worth considering other basic principles of Zen Buddhism, which are the direct transmission of truth and independence from written words or signs. In Zen Buddhism, all attention is focused on forms of experience transmission that have nothing to do with intellectual forms.

At the end of the 50s, students and intellectuals became interested in Zen Buddhism, and after some 10-20 years, the petty-bourgeois strata of society began to show interest in Zen Buddhism. Representatives of the creative intelligentsia associated with Zen Buddhism hopes for spiritual renewal, obtaining full existence. Hippies Zen Buddhism justified moral nihilism and domestic debauchery. As for the good citizens, they were looking for a universal means of psychotherapy in Zen Buddhism, which in their opinion should have eased the pressure of the "world"as much as possible. In their opinion, a meaningless world.

By the way, the interest in Zen Buddhism in the world began just when interest in religion began to increase. In Western Europe and the United States, the religious boom occurred in the 50s and 60s. At that time, Church organizations became more active, the circulation of religious literature increased, and new trends and sects appeared.

So what is Zen Buddhism? As with any other religion, it comes out of the hidden and true worlds. He puts forward a unique way of salvation. But at the same time, in Zen Buddhism, getting rid of suffering is not associated with attempts to transform the surrounding reality, but with improving the quality of life of a person, restructuring his views on the world. Zen is trying to convey, something that hurts and the one who suffers is an illusion of our consciousness. The only way to end any suffering is to completely eliminate this illusion. Zen Buddhism deals with problems in the psychological sphere.

Taishang Lao Jun in Taoism

Despite the fact that Lao Tzu existed in reality and can be attributed to post-Divine Deities, if you go deeper into all the religious trends of Taoism, it is perceived as the Highest Divine manifestation. It is for this reason that Lao Tzu holds the following titles:

* The Highest Ancestor Is Taishan.

* The Old Sovereign Is Lao Jun.

In fact, Lao Tzu is a personified image of the Tao. Many believe that it first appeared on this earth in the 27th century BC, when the Emperor Huin-di ruled. Then Lao Tzu was his spiritual mentor of Haunches Tzu. After that, his self-rebirth occurred in the 5th century BC in the form of himself in the body of his own matter ("jade maiden"), being conceived from solar energy, condensed into a five-colored pearl, and swallowed by it. He spent 81 years in the womb, which allowed him to embody all the perfection (9 Yin multiplied by 9 Yang) and was born at the most favorable time in which a Sage could be born.

Lao Tzu lived for about 200 years, after which he ascended back to Heaven. Lao Tzu-the source of all Creation, the personification of the Highest Wisdom, has the power to create and destroy the Universe.

In images of the Divine Supreme Manifestation (Taishan Lao Jun), he is dressed in a mantle, sometimes covered with trigrams, sitting on a throne, holding in his left hand a vessel filled with the elixir of immortality. In the other hand, Taishan Lao Jun has a "fan-fan", which is the embodiment of the Sun and moon. It is for this reason that it has the ability to balance or strengthen the Yin and Yang energy in the Universe. In this form, he looks like the Deity of the highest Purity Realm of Tao Te Tian Zun. Perhaps there are other images of Lao Jun that show him in a completely different way. As for images of the incarnate Lao Tzu, he often appears before our eyes in a simple dress, riding on a water Buffalo.

Taoism is a religion?

Namaste. I periodically search for various useful books and sites on the topic of Taoism on the Internet, but I can say with great confidence that the majority of this information is garbage. Often I come across materials about religious Taoism, which is quite simplified and abbreviated, decorated with rituals and rules, which is not so effective for modern society. For a society where science is widespread, practical knowledge may be appropriate. But if we are talking about the original practical Taoism, there is almost no information here. Many believe that Taoism is a religion. But is this really the case? I will try to answer this question in the simplest possible language.

Religious Taoism appeared relatively recently (in the 4th-5th century BC). Its founder is master Lao Tzu, who wrote one of the most famous Taoist treatises, the Tao Te Ching, which contains the basic ideas of Taoist philosophy. Here it is worth remembering that it was religious Taoism that was founded by Lao Tzu, and not Taoism in General. This tradition existed long before Lao Tzu. In fact, the religious form of Taoism is simplified and curtailed, so it is quite difficult to fully realize its spiritual potential, but it is easy to spread it, imposing competition on Buddhism.

Today, Taoism, as well as other religions that are foreign to the West, are mostly taken lightly, they do not see anything practical and useful in it. As for the numerous articles about religious Taoism, they do not help, but on the contrary – prevent it from spreading. And who was invented by Chinese medicine, and many philosophical ideas? Right! Taoist masters.

It is much more correct to interpret Taoism as a system
self-development of a person, which is of great benefit to those who practice it.
as for religious Taoism, it is only an offshoot from the
the original Taoism, which has been known for more than 5,000 years.
in my opinion, religious Taoism is already outdated and completely outdated for our time
This doesn't fit.