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Re: college paper help

From: Ronald Delavega
email: gaspar3@bellsouth.net
Category: Spiritual
Date: 19 Nov 1999
Time: 00:54:01


Dear Greg: An interesting idea for a college paper. In looking at Zarathustrian influences on other religions, I looked into Taoism not too long ago. Here is my take, I hope it can be of help to you. Taoism's dualism is Cosmic, but it does not concern itself with ethical considerations or judgements. Ying and Yang are male and female aspects of nature. The Tao (way) is very similar to Asha, except it is ethically neutral and is not intended to promote creation. In fundamental Gathic Mazdaism Asha is created by Mazda to govern and promote the Cosmos and has an ethical aspect. Later Zoroastrism, made the ethical Gathic dualism into a Cosmic dualism, where Ahriman oppossed Ohrmaz. In Taoism, man's goal is to harmonize all the aspects of his life with the Tao. One of the main methods of doing this is thru letting things take their own course. This is called the principle of inaction. "The Cosmos is not broken, so don't try to fix it" would be a good Taoist proverb. Due to the space limitations of this format I cannot expand on this theme. However you are welcome to write me about this or any other topic in Mazdayasna, and I will be glad to help ( If I can ) Yours in Asha; Ronald Delavega USHTA TE

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