Lao Tzu’S Path of inner Silence
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Who was Lao Tzu? Tradition has it that he was a legendary philosopher from the sixth century before Christ. When the population of Europe was still in the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age, in China there were the inner force and elevation available to describe in five thousand characters the entire world, the divine domains, and the path between them.
Lao Tzu pointed out and still points out that nothing in the world is lasting and only the path back to the domain from which man has fallen leads to an enduring value, namely to Tao, that which is eternal.
Lao Tzu means: the old child. It was the nickname by which he was generally known. His actual name was Li; the tree that bears fruit. As a child he was called Er: he who hears, and the name he bore as a scholar was Po Jang: noble child of the sun.
During his life he was the tree that bears fruit, because he listened well and understood that in life, not the outer, but the inner being is the point at issue.
All other messengers such as Moses, Hermes, Heracles, Jesus, Apollonius and others who have come from that other world, the Realm of Tao, Lao Tzu, at a given moment, is nowhere to be found any more. He was last seen at the border.
There he left a message with the frontier guard for those who come after him, a message written down in five thousand characters: the Tao Teh King. It is an inner doctrine which is in flat contradiction with the outer doctrine of Confucius.
Religion is derived from re‑ligere(Latin) and means: to link again. This implies the linking again of the earthly man with his inner nucleus, and with the divine domain from where he once fell.
To make that link was Lao, Tzu's intention and task, laid down in the instructions of the Tao Te Ching.