So you are a Buddhist or Taoist, the great expanse of eternity is the Tao, it is an enigma, no explanation is good enough to describe it's indefiniteness, it is brilliant and nothing can compare to it, it truly is a part and law of nature.
It is far superior to God as it can not have lesser deities, have you ever heard of a Demi-Tao, I think not, it's the undisputed one and only of it's kind, it has some of the attributes of God, and with more humility, it has always existed and always will, it is the great bellows of existence that breathes in and out all manifestations.
It simply is, it only requires balance to maintain a positive outcome in life, it is everywhere and nowhere, it does not follow and cannot be followed, it is the sum total of all that is perceived and not perceived, it is less personable than God seems to be, yet is not lacking in any of the apparent power, it is omnipresent, being everywhere, I believe it does have an endless supply of power that can be accessed only by God, yet it has never been claimed to be omniscient (all knowing, all wise, all seeing).
The Tao is not in competition with God, they are but aspects of each other.
I like to consider the Tao as the home of God, it is the medium from which God works, it is what God built heaven from. The Tao is the canvas of eternal infinity and God is the artist, the two are inseparable, quite possibly one and the same, God performs the manifestations and the Tao provides the medium with which to use.
The Tao believes in reincarnation because when an imbalance is created in the Tao, an opportunity to re-balance must be provided for, Karma is the scorekeeper, and the debt must be settled.
Everything abides by cosmic law which is provided for by the Tao, all of the apparent emptiness of space (dark matter and or dark energy) is where the ether or the protoplasmic energy resides that God works with to create all that is.
If there had to be a holy trinity, it would have to be the Tao, God and all of creation, even though Buddhists and Taoists do not believe in God, they also do not claim that the Tao is an intelligent entity, but it stands to reason that some sort of intelligence would have to maintain the complexity of Karmic effects and reincarnations to equalize the same.
God is the only one that is claimed to be omniscient (all knowing, all wise and all-seeing), the Tao only requires balance. If you think that you know the Tao, you do not know the Tao and if you think that you know God, you must know love for all that is.
Tao Creation, Straight from God
God's Creation, Straight from the Tao
God is Tao?
What are you, nuts? How can you possibly think that my God is the Tao?
What makes you think that "The Way" has anything to do with some God? These are valid concerns.
Since there is no valid all-encompassing description for either of these two concepts, why can they not be different aspects of the same thing?
I would never assume to limit either of these two concepts, I don't even fully understand these ideas of reality, but I can join them together as part of one in the same eternity.
I guess that there can never be a full understanding about either of these two, but it does seem that they stand for the same thing in general and me being a product of them can have no other choice than to not limit my beliefs.
Had enough yet? Too Personal?... Not personal enough? Possibly I can believe in one and just allow the other to be in the background taking up the slack so to speak, or will I venture to be bold and fuse the two together?
Stupid questions? Or not enough answers? How about just thinking of them as "All That Is"? That should cover my options, much less personal and all-inclusive, no jealousies, just like peanut butter on my chocolate or was it chocolate in my peanut butter?
As for an example from the Jewish faith the Zohar in the Kabbalah a definition of a passage in Genesis it is mentioned that God was brought to be, by infinity, does this sound like a familiar theme here?
It is not so much different than seeing the different aspects of God in the Male and in the Female, or should I say the Yin and the Yang, the Tao parallels many beliefs just as in God, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
Be it trying to maintain a balance in your life by following the Way, or trying to uphold the laws of God, the results are attempting to make you a better person, there is much crossover in these two beliefs where their paths run parallel for great distances,
for the most part, they both steer away from evil, the karmic aspects may be of a different nature, but the results are essentially the same,
the objects being attempted may go by different names, but seem to accomplish the same missions, intentions of peace and love are universal notions in everyone's thought process.
But what about Spirit?
It seems that spirit is the substance which is not physical, but acts as an interface between the Tao and God, everything that is manifested is of spirit, it dwells in the ether always and waits to be willed to create all that is made,
this new addition here may confuse the uninitiated, the spirit is also a product of the Tao or God, being a believer of the Tao, there is not a belief of the soul, yet Karma is always waiting in the wings ready to pounce on the first indiscretion that might be made,
in order to differentiate us humans from everything else, Karma is our balancer, our senescence is what separates us from the plants and animals, our souls have taken up this responsibility and they are just pieces of God experiencing the Tao as best as we can.
Humanity's belief systems are much too broad and diverse to be able to encompass all that needs to to be realized and understood, out of some 4300 religions, there is a good portion of those that believe in an omniscient power or force, be it God or the Tao,
no one can say for sure, no definition is adequate to cover this, but what can be agreed upon, is that this energy or power cannot be limited and is the cause of all creation,
its laws of cause and effect are evident in all that transpires in our universe, not only the material aspects of our reality are covered by this law, but the less material aspects of thought and speech have a hand in dealing out Karma from these laws of perfect balance,
as we sow, so shall we all reap, it probably is of no great concern what this power or force or way is, as long as we all realize that it is out there and the beauty of its eternal existence governs all that is in its elegant laws.
All of this semantics about the Tao and God, they are just different views, a means to an end, or should I say a beginning. Religion is just a view, this view is always different depending on where you stand,
after all, Eskimo's have over 50 words for snow, the explanations of the Tao or God must be endless, how could they not be? The explanation for life or existence, or all that is cannot be simple,
unfortunately, mankind has made these explanations much more complex than they really need to be, we have added our dogmas and superstitions to spice these truths up, but in reality,
we have just thickened the mist of ignorance and passed by the truths, by being distracted by something shiny or scary, we need to keep our heads and pay attention.
As a follower of God or the Tao, we strive to be one with the Tao by following the way, or we strive to be as God made us, a fragment of its essence and we would like to do what is right,
these concepts have been with the earth civilizations for a much longer time than science is willing to admit, we have to strive to keep our spiritual beliefs separate from our material beliefs,
rather our material beliefs should be based on our spiritual beliefs, and as such, we will be much more able to maintain a good balance by not acquiring any karma and now attracting any effects from our ignorant causes,
after all, the animals, the plants and the earth with all of its resources should be respected because they are as we are, a part of all that is.
This website was created to help the believers of God to understand the followers of the Tao and visa versa if you are an Atheist or someone that believes in neither,
I hope that there will be something for you also. Science is a big part of our world these days and it has been replacing religion as a practical belief system even though many of these laws have been proven wrong over the years,
science is an accumulation of supposed truths about nature, observation and the scientific method is used to verify beliefs, but at best these still can only be considered theories especially when considering the subatomic particles,
many years ago aether was supposedly dis-proven by a couple of famous scientists of the day, yet we still have discoveries such as dark energy and dark matter that makes up about 74% of everything,
and still there is no idea what it is, just because a device or method of measuring something has not been invented yet, doesn't mean that something doesn't exist.
Even though mankind has been becoming more material based over the ages, it doesn't mean that there is no longer any thought about God or the Tao,
we still have our moral values, we still know right from wrong, don't we? The Tao and God are on the same page in this respect, treating each other as we would like to be treated should be a basic function of all humanity,
yet there are still some out there that do not have a true grasp of what it means to be religious, it used to mean a belief in something that is purer and better able to work with compassion and understanding,
people willing to kill or die in the name of their religion are missing the point of God or the Tao, benevolence is a trait that must be attained before any semblance of civilization can be realized on our planet,
this all-pervading intelligence that governs by natural law needs to be realized, and then its laws followed, then true civilization can follow.
Possibly we can all live by following an example that has been created by God, another product of the Tao, our Sun has been around longer than the earth,
it probably had a hand in creating the earth and the other planets of our solar system, it gives our planet life, and is not involved in any wars, it creates our seasons and enables us to see Gods beauty on our planet,
without it we would not be able to enjoy the beauty or smell of a flower, there would be no plant life for our sustenance, and of course, if there are no plants, there would be no animals,
our sun is like God, it is created in Gods image, it created our planet, it sustains life, it appears to have nothing but love for all of us, its light encompasses all of the colors we can and cannot see,
its warmth comforts us like a mother, yet its brilliance is so great that we are unable to look directly upon it as it is ultimately overwhelming to our senses,
our planet rotates to enable us to regulate and balance its effulgence, it doesn't judge us, and it treats everyone the same.
Here we all are, poised on the edge of our beliefs, whether we believe in some sort of intelligent design of all of our creation or just believe that a jumble of atoms have come together haphazardly to evolve into us has always been the debate between religion and science,
beliefs and theories make up our reality, the theory of evolution, the belief in God or the Tao, science has no beliefs, science has three states of mind, denial, conviction and the universe between the two,
beliefs and faith in the unproven are nothing but magic, I believe that religion or spiritualism is turning out to be the new pseudoscience, cause and effect are nothing but coincidence,
the simple balance being maintained to make everything so much more simple, as we sow, so shall we reap? What goes around, comes around, quantum entanglement, the new hail mary of science?
The new interface between science and pseudoscience. Once something is able to be measured, the pseudo is dropped, actually, it doesn't even have to be able to be measured, only noticed,
dark energy and dark matter is the new ether. Who controls the outcome of life just by viewing it?
God is Tao? Only a statement to make you think of reality, who is to say what reality is anyway? Good things happen to bad people as well as bad things happening to good people, where is the logic, where is the justice?
It is no great wonder that it is so difficult to believe in an all-knowing entity that has created all that is and wields unlimited power, it is easy to blame God for things that do not go well because God has been represented as our personal savior for a long time,
the Tao, on the other hand, has only a requirement of a balance that needs to be maintained in order for life to be uneventful, uneventfulness is the best that anyone can hope for when they are on the path of the Way,
the cosmic balance does not know time as a barrier, it never forgets, an imbalance created in one lifetime will eventually have to be corrected no matter how long it takes, the logic of it is not clearly apparent,
especially since you only remember one life at a time. When someone thinks that God is exacting vengeance on someone, it is only the scales finally being balanced.
SOUL AND SPIRIT
By now if you have stuck with your beliefs in God or your beliefs in the Tao, it may be time to add some new players to the divine mix, the soul seems to be exclusive to God,
our souls are supposed to be created in the image of God or our souls are a fragment of God, either way, we are all a part of God in some way.
So what is a spirit? I think that Spirit is the byproduct or manifestation of the Tao and there is this spirit in every atom of existence, it is what must obey the cosmic rules, it is the cause and the effect of all that is,
it is what connects us all together with its commonality, there is still the unmanifested, the unknown the nothing that science calls dark matter or dark energy, it is the ether that permeates everything,
it is the space within atoms and between them, it is where the quantum entanglement occurs, it is the real tools of God and the Tao, our soul's playground and spirit's waiting room.
Spirit is what enables the soul to inhabit a material body and also enslaves it to the bidding of Karmic Law, sentient souls are its exclusive customers and all other spirit follows the law of cause and effect.
Just as everything is of spirit, again everything has a soul, it may not have a developed soul as a human, but a simple, nonsentient soul that still learns but has not the ability to acquire karma, yet still lives by the rules of cause and effect,
a simple form of yin and yang is the law it follows, there is no contemplation of being, only being, survival, love and existence is its sole experience in life,
being it is a rock or a mountain or a tree or plant or animal as small as a bacterium or as large as an elephant, it also has a soul that learns, when this being exists, it learns and adds its experience to all that is,
there is no telling how long or how often it will do this, but eventually evolution will be the outcome, we have all been there, first, you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run, and run before you can fly,
yet it has been said that this process can be accomplished from the other direction, either way, dues must be paid before there is a graduation, life involves so many different points of view,
and they all have to be experienced, besides what else does an immortal fragment of God have to do for eternity anyway.
And this brings us to why we are all here, in order to evolve, we must prove to be worthy, and with all of the wars and hate and fighting, this isn't a good start, and now, in addition, we have all of our new material desires driven by greed and power to contend with,
even the religious sects have their own agendas which include their competition to who will see the face of God first, unfortunately, many of these organizations are material based which creates a competitive environment which is not an ideal starting point for a spiritually oriented belief system,
getting back to nature and respect of her can help if the yin and yang can be held in balance, at present, mankind is totally immersed in its senses and apparent material needs, if we are not struggling to just survive, we are filling our minds with all of the cool useless gadgets that preoccupy us and distract us from what is truly important,
it is not that technology is bad, but our apparent dependency on much of it is slowly rotting our souls, we are creating a division between our spiritual selves and our souls with this distracting sense candy, its time to unplug and just BE for a while.
I have recently been cruising the net and was checking out some keyword results and came upon some sites that seem to be taking offense to some of my beliefs, I have absolutely no intention of trying to sway people from "the way" I have much respect for Taoism and its belief system and I am not trying to lead people away from God,
but what I am trying to do is to let people realize that this is not a competition here, these two beliefs lead towards the same destination, the realization of their similarities is what I am trying to present,
I believe that ALL THAT IS is plenty big enough to accept more than one concept especially if they are leading in the same direction, I am probably more interested in believers of both God and Tao to be tolerant if not intrigued by how these two beliefs are headed in the same direction,
we all have free will, if we wish to believe that is was given to us by our own volition, so be it, if someone wishes to believe that they do not have a soul, that is their free will to do so, my mission is to present alternative explanations for our reality, ultimately it will always be up to you to what and how you believe.
These belief systems with such different views of reality, which of them is true and correct? As you have probably gathered, the answer does not have to be so finite and final, there is plenty of room for various explanations,
the answers we seek are from various sources, God and the Tao are just two of many ways to explain our existence, some would say that we are just energy and others will give us a makeup of spirit and soul,
in some people's minds, it just doesn't matter, I just know that we are much more than a random assembling of matter and our physical lives are not what we should care so much about,
they are merely for the purpose of training and learning, our real essence is eternal and cannot be destroyed and every time that we die after an existence in a physical form, we know the truth and then plan our next excursion,
this force out there wants us to realize this, and when we all come to this realization, civilization can truly be called civilized.
The greatest difference of opinion between God and the Tao is the soul, there is not a big argument about reincarnating and Karma, the question is in "what" is reincarnating and what is acquiring karma,
in one case, you will be going to heaven or join with God and in the other case, a state of Nirvana is achieved, as far as I am concerned, this is all the same thing with just different views and terminology,
in either case, if you have gained some Karma during your life, you or your soul or your energy will be coming back to even the score, be it a cosmic disturbance of yin and yang or equaling out your sowing as you had reaped,
the trip and the path will prove to be the same, an equalization will be required in either case, and where your "spirit" goes upon successful completion of your life is just a case of semantics, my personal opinion in this matter is that we will only stop incarnating into different forms if we choose to do so,
once we had agreed to take the "human" form, we must continue to reincarnate in that form until we stop creating an imbalance and realize what we truly are, it's sole purpose is to add to the knowledge of "all that is"
Why are We Here?
Whether you believe in following the way of the Tao or are a believer in God it hasn't been made perfectly clear why we are here, our scriptures try to teach us how to be better people and what to believe,
this is why we are here, to learn how to treat and live with each other and to realize that we are all fragments of all that is, we are all a part of each other, we are all part of the earth and the trees and the animal life that also live here,
we all need to show some humility and get off of our religious high horses and practice some tolerance towards each other's beliefs, us humans are the ruling creatures of our planet, we should set an example for our galaxy by not only getting along with each other and by treating the other inhabitants of earth with some consideration not to mention earth itself,
ignoring pollution will do nothing but hurt all of us in the end, and cutting down all of our oxygen making forests will compound the hurt and exploiting our wildlife doesn't say much for setting any sort of example for anyone,
so why are we here? The planet was much better off ten thousand years ago when our greatest concern was survival and we all had much better respect for life and very little thoughts of profit,
our quest for spiritual answers is changing to how much stuff can I collect, it's time to get back on track to what is truly important and stop questioning everyone beliefs.
So it turns out the real reason that we are here is that we need to learn WHY we are here so we can eventually stop coming back to correct what we screwed up previously,
to realize that we all are fragments of a larger or all-encompassing entity, that have taken up the mission to exist in a three-dimensional environment in order to collect information on what really matters,
our material lives are our vehicles, our senses are our tools, as long as we don't get distracted by something "shiny" or something that "feels good" or something that we think that we want because we notice other people want it and we realize that all of the importance attached to material things are just getting in our way of realizing the truth,
we all have done this sort of thing uncounted times, not only as humans but as other creatures and aliens, we do not remember because that would defeat the purpose of our testing, we have to start with a clean slate each time and we only carry what we have learned about our true selves into the next lifetime,
eventually, we will stop acquiring karma and graduate towards our evolution and then on to our next adventure.
Living our lives as everyone else does shouldn't be as difficult as it seems to others, there is always hardships and difficulties, and how we handle them is one of the tests that we perform,
positive outlooks and determination is what gets us through our lives, whether you are following the Ten Commandments or the way of the Tao, it shouldn't be with thoughts of despair,
though some of these tests are the results of previous lives and karmic debts that need to be settled, it is no good reason to give up or be bitter,
a nice saying that applies is "When the going gets tough, the tough get going" staying on the spiritual side of the fence is the best way to turn the tables on misfortune,
feeling sorry for yourself and blaming others does not remedy the situation, but getting out there and doing something about it should always be your first choice,
and helping others especially if they are in a worse situation than you are is a sure way to dissolve bad karma and build an excess of good karma to get you on your way to spiritual evolution.
If you have never given any thought to why you are here, you are probably like most everyone on the planet, most people are preoccupied with living their lives,
their religions teach them how to live their lives but not why, it seems to me that you may have to have an excess of time on your hands in order for this question to come up,
people struggling to survive may ask why this is happening to them and others will have thoughts of how to make more money so they can buy more stuff, some people have a mission to improve the world in some way,
this is a good start towards the real meaning, inventing something or resolving a problem that improves the quality of life for everyone is a mission with some meaning, losing the "I" mentality and shifting towards the "US" mode is the meaning that we all should be looking for,
following the "way" or following our commandments or rules are just guidelines for any civilization, realizing that we are all part of "one" is the true goal in all of this.