Actually I saw that as a compliment. Fortune cookies are always either little bundles of wisdom or corny jokes wrapped in sugar crust. I sort of
aspire to that. I didn't take your statement wrong at all, but thanks anyway for the clarification. What's not your bag? The philosophy or the
discipline? The language is hard, but well worth the time. I'm curious as to what your reasons are, because that's a question I've never asked of
anyone before. I guess I never thought to. What is it about the Tao that didn't appeal?
You're right in that there is something paradoxical about the tale, and the Tao, but that's certainly not the point of the story, nor is it the sole
foundation of the Tao. The point of the story deals with man's relationship with the energy of the world - The correlation between actions and
It also deals with the impossible becoming possible, and nothing becoming something. The message contained within is ancient, and powerful enough to
be universal throughout all the oldest religions and myths. When unlocked by man it will transform him into the gods that once tutored us.
We were blessed in a way, with the potential to literally transform the physical universe with thought and belief. We were also cursed, in a way,
with the mind of a beast that yearns for earthly pleasures and intoxications. The key to spiritual growth and increased understanding in my
experience, is a liberal mix of both for sheer volume of learning.
I'm not going to be able to provide the answers you need, because I'm not qualified or approved to teach them. People of this calibre are fading
too fast, and there are few to replace them. Some are national treasures in Japan, others live in seclusion in the wilderness. Some are found by
word of mouth and consulted by the people, like the ancient Desert Fathers. Many sought refuge in Tibet and the mountainous regions of central China.
They are grouchy at best, and downright dangerous at worst. Others were taught long ago and moved on, forming nomad groups that stretched deep into
Siberia. Their descendants still survive, and new hermits arrive daily. Many of them are insane, most are distrustful of outsiders, and all are
generally much more concerned with thinking than with talking.
There are many other cults/religions/faiths that teach the same principles in different language, but all of the others are, to my knowledge,
contructed to control with knowledge. The Tao was never about control, and that's why it hasn't flourished in the same way as the others. The
answers are of course out there, but if you think doing a four hour google search is difficult, try slogging through the snow for a few days to a cave
in the Himalayas, only to be told the guy living inside doesn't want to talk to you because you smell like beef. .
I don't think there is any good framework in place for placing masters with students, it's generally a relationship that occurs naturally and
without effort on the part of either. Be warned though, you're only going to get more riddles and more questions, and a whole lot of excercise for
the body as well. Qigong is a little like Tai Chi meets DragonBall Z, it can be quite spectacular if practiced dutifully and understood properly. I
hope your continued interest in the past serves you well in the future.
I enjoyed the information you provided, is that your hobby or your profession?