The five elements--water, metal, earth, fire, and wood

From: Secrets of the Tao Te Ching, Mantak Chia and Tao Huang, page 46-47

In Chinese philosophy, the universe is composed of the five elements--water, metal, earth, fire, and wood--each of which has a yin and yang mode. All natural forms are expressions of these elements. Traditionally, the five seasonal changes (spring, summer, late summer, fall and winter) produce five colors (green, red, yellow, white and black) and five flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, tart, and salty). They activate the five tones (call, laugh, sing, cry, and moan), the five facial organs (eyes, ears, nose, mouth and tongue), and the five primary internal organs (liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys). All these fives are conceived within the bodily five elements (a body with two arms and two legs), expressed with five emotions (anger, joy, worry, sorrow, and fear); and manifested with five fingers. Lao Tzu acknowledges the interaction with the fives of the universe: five colors blind the eyes, five flavors dull the pilate, five tones deafen the ears. The Taoist approach is to mindfully find the middle way as we navigate the stimulation of our encounters with all the forms of the world.


Lao Tzu was a Government Archivist and contemporary of Confucius, who lived about 400 BC. He formulated a natural and ecological philosophical system which promoted the concept of health and prosperity through the awareness and observance of the natural cosmic cycles.
He stated that all things in the universe were governed by an immutable law, the "Tao". He wrote a book named "Tao Te Jing", or the classic of the Tao, in which the Tao is represented as containing within itself "the quintessence of the truth of the universe".

In his philosophy he went beyond the Cartesian/Newtonian principles of cause and effect, and presented a clear interrelationship of events in the universe which were both their own cause and effect, i.e. moved in cyclical patterns..

May we be balanced and in harmony. Amen. And so it is.

Love and light being, Teo (not Tao he he.. Nut) Asian Asian

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs


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Thank you for the post Teo.
It is interesting about the fives.


The Taoist approach is to mindfully find the middle way as we navigate the stimulation of our encounters with all the forms of the world.[/quote]


Legend reports that the minister of the Yellow Emperor was sent on a quest to find the Huang Chung the musical tone which was the fundamental vibration of the cosmos. He discovered it to be none other than the sound of his own voice when speaking without passion.


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Thank you Teo.
Wonderful and interesting post, especially the 5 elements.

The wise are pleased by nothing,
and pained by nothing,
delighted by nothing,
and angered by nothing.
Everything is mysteriously the same.
There is no good and bad.

Lao Tzu


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“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Embracing Tao, you become embraced.
Supple, breathing gently, you become reborn.
Clearing your vision, you become clear.
Nurturing your beloved, you become impartial.
Opening your heart, you become accepted.
Accepting the World, you embrace Tao.
Bearing and nurturing,
Creating but not owning,
Giving without demanding,
Controlling without authority,
This is love.”

― Lao Tzu, The Teachings of Lao-Tzu: The Tao-Te Ching

“Countless words
count less
than the silent balance
between yin and yang”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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