A critique on Tao and Hindu philosophy



A critique on Tao and Hindu philosophy

The problem is, we try to find out differences in things which essentially convey the same 
meaning. Also, one of the main problems with a subject like philosophy is that it cannot be just read, recited and learnt. You need to dive deeper, understand the minute details, implement them, experience them, question the established thought - you have to flow with it. The orthodox way of rote is rot, it simply doesn't work.

Coming back to the premise of my topic, we see that we are presented with truth at every turn, every experience in life, however, we try to find out a different interpretation on the same manifestation.  Remember  truth is like the leaves of a tree, they all look different  But, if we grind them and taste the juice  it will taste the same. 

Through my study of eastern philosophy (mainly Hindu and Chinese , I find striking resemblance in Hindu and the Tao philosophy. In posts to come, I try to point out the similarities between the two eastern school of thoughts.

The critique is mainly based on first authoritive Taoist text 'Tao Te Ching' by Lao Tzu and the study of Hindu philosophy by Swami Vivekananda.

Tao is vast, a mystery. One can never fully understand the Tao, be alone explaining it. One can only make a modest attempt to extract a few pearls of wisdom from its vast sea of knowledge. It is undoubtedly  the most mysterious and difficult philosophy to understand. This is mainly because the only authoritive written text is 3000 years old. It is calculated  striking and written precisely in 81 verses - undoubtedly one of the wonders of literature.

The Hindu philosophy on the other hand have had many authoritive texts, its lucid. Vivekananda could not have made it more simpler through his essays and speeches. 

Also, in posts to come, you may find stray thoughts from other schools of philosophy. The influence is mainly derived from 'Thus spake Zarathustra' by  Friedrich Nietzsche and Robert M Prisig's 'Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance'. 

Happy Reading !