Lao Tse

From Sahaja Yoga Encyclopedia
Lao Tse, depicted as Daode Tianzun


There was another great, great philosopher who was called as Lao–Tse, of a very high spirituality like a great incarnation of a Master. (1995-09-13 public program)

Lao Tse in China has very beautifully, described as Tao, meaning the Kundalini. I have had a voyage through the Yangtze River through which Lao Tse had gone many times. I know he was trying to show that river, which is the Kundalini, is flowing towards the sea and one should not be tempted by the nature that is around. The nature around the Yangtze River is very, very beautiful, no doubt, but one has to go through the river. Also, there are lots of currents which flow and can be quite dangerous, and we need a good navigator who should take his ship across to the point where it is nearer the sea. At that stage, it becomes very silent and extremely simple in its flow. [China] has been endowed with great philosophers. I would say the greatest was Lao Tse because humanism was for the preparation of human beings for their ascent, about which Lao Tse had spoken. (1995-09-13 UN Conference on Women)

Tao means what you are. [Lao Tse] describes very nicely, that when you are that, what happens. Now, the gap was how to achieve that state. How to reach that state was not given. He only described people who were Tao, who were realized souls, who were of what level I wonder. I was surprised that he never said about the Kundalini, but he talked about the River Yangtze. That it is the Yangtze River, in a symbolic way, he was more poetic. But ultimately reaching the ocean, that river becomes the ocean and ... the qualities of the ocean he described so beautifully. (2001-03-20)

Lao Tse said ... that when a wise sees the way, he respects it and says this is the way. That is the sign of a wise man. And a mediocre [person] who is half way this way and that way, when he sees the way, he waits for others to go into it. And when the stupid sees the way, he laughs. But when the wise sees the stupid in himself, he laughs. So that power of wisdom starts shining through you, you become a wise, righteous, virtuous man. And such a balance you develop. (1984-07-08)

See also: Ten Primordial Masters


Lao Tse is the sixth century BCE author of the Tao Te Ching. Taoism follows his teachings.

Lao Tse is one of the ten Adi Gurus or Primordial Masters.

Lao Tse has been credited with saying: "Not knowing that one knows is the best. Thinking that one knows when one does not know is sickness. Only when one becomes sick of this sickness can one be free from sickness. The sage is never sick. Because he is sick of this sickness, therefore he is never sick." [1] Maha Avatar, July-September 1981, page 29