The Tao Te Ching – Chapter 4 – says:
‘Tao is empty, and in its radiations and activities, it is inexhaustible’.
Jan van Rijckenborgh – the founder of ‘The International School of The Golden Rosycross’- says in his commentary of this text in ‘The Chinese Gnosis’:
“To our ordinary understanding, to our ordinary sensory faculties, Tao is empty. It cannot be perceived. Neither can Tao be attracted or controlled with the magnetic faculty of the will. To our human state of being in all aspects, Tao is absolutely empty. That is why the method of ‘Wu Wei’ – ‘Not Doing’ is not merely a recommended course of action, but the essential foundation for all genuinely liberating spiritual work”.
By ‘Wu Wei’, Te is the highest virtue that flows from the Tao in the human heart and being.
In the prologue of The Gospel of John, we can see the same: ‘The Divine Light shines in the darkness’. The darkness -mankind with our relative human condition - cannot respond to this Light in a direct human way. We need an intermediary. From the Spirit Spark in our heart this divine Light power - Jesus, Te , Buddha - can be born. The spark can become a flame. A new soul state will grow, with a new awareness and attitude of life.
How can this be done? What does it ask for? What does ‘Te’ teach us? What are the results for our daily life? How do we know that we can trust this path? These are very valid questions for spiritual seekers.
In this lecture we will explore the possibility of this inner journey for spiritual meaning from different perspectives. We will make a cross over from Gnostic teachings to the teachings of Taoism. These different perspectives show that the inner path is a universal possibility for all seekers with an open heart and head.
You are very welcome to join us at this free lecture. It will take place from 20:00 to 22:00 on May 24th in The Lantern Centre, Ruah Room, 15 Synge Street, Dublin 8.
Doors open 15 minutes before the start of an activity with coffee/tea. There is on street parking available.