Universe: Chinese Genesis

April 21, 2009, 8:41 pm
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Introduction

The Chinese mystic Lao-Tsu is one of the few direct creators of an ancient Creation story known to us directly by name. Lao-Tsu writes, 

"There is a thing inherent and natural which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless It stands alone and never changes. It pervades everything and is illimitable. It may be regarded as the source of the universe. I do not know what it is. I call it Tao."  道德經

As a source of all being, Tao is itself beyond being. All existences in the universe sprang from Being, Being itself sprang from non-Being. Tao produces and nourishes all things by its own outflowing operation, and to it all things return. Also according to Lao-Tsu, Heaven never strives, and continues to be creative without effort or purpose.

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Circa 550 BC, Laotsze ("Lao-Tsu"), Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism (c 604 - 531 BC) riding an ox. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images/iStock rights purchased.)

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Odenwald, Sten, Ph.D. (Contributing Author); Bernard Haisch (Topic Editor). 2009. "Universe: Chinese Genesis." In: Encyclopedia of the Cosmos. Eds. Bernard Haisch and Joakim F. Lindblom (Redwood City, CA: Digital Universe Foundation). [First published February 14, 2008].
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(2009). Universe: Chinese Genesis. Retrieved from http://www.cosmosportal.org/view/article/138893

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