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Having set the stage we now arrive at the question. What is Tao?
The word Tao has many meanings. It literally means 'principle', or 'beginning'. Tao is the 'Intelligent Principle? that dwells throughout the Universe. Tao is a celestial secret? it has no form, it is immutable and uncreated'It is present in every element, in every particle that gives form to all creations.
Tao permeates all levels of existence and nonexistence'all visible and invisible domains'its intrinsic nature governs all spheres of Life. Tao is eternal, it has no beginning and no end, however Tao does not precede Creation, Creation is a potential eternally contained within Tao'Creation is a mere particle of the Great Tao therefore it has a limit, a beginning and an end.
What has been created can be measured, regardless of its magnitude, or it can be detected, despite its pettiness. Nevertheless, Tao cannot be measured nor detected. Tao is infinitely big and infinitely small. Tao does not exclude anything because everything is a part of Tao.
Omnipresence is another characteristic of Tao. In the following biblical passage we are able to observe how all things are manifestations of Tao.
St. John chapter1'In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it.?
These passages teach us that the Word is the designer of all things. The power of the Word can be used to create and to heal or to curse and destroy. For this reason we must think before we speak, for we may risk bringing harm to others and karma upon ourselves.
Other words that are used to describe Tao are Path and Way.
Tao is The Way that our souls must travel in order to return to Heaven. Tao is not a religion, is a Way of Life; Tao demonstrates how we should live to attain harmony with the Universe (Nature) and our fellow human beings. Tao is God and God is The Lord of all souls.