Music in the soul can be heard by the universe -Laozi
Two or three blocks next from the groovy Nakpil neighborhood in Malate lies the Temple of Taoism. Taoism in the Philippines arrived together with the Chinese Diaspora.
The teachings of Taoism underlines The Way, or living in harmony with the Dao, encompassing the beliefs of wu-wei (letting life takes its own course), naturalness, simplicity, spontaneity, and the core values of compassion, moderation, and humility — interesting philosophical and spiritual traditions also found in literary works such as the Old Master Laozi’s (Lao Tzu’s) Tao Te Ching.
Associated with the Tao is the yin and yang, the symbol of two seeds containing the seed of each other, becoming one reality through the constant flow of the universe.
On the day (July 13) we went to the temple, worshipers were focused on the celebration of the feast of Giok Hong Sam Thai Chi, protector and prince Sr. Sto Niño.
Amid chanting, meditation and lighting of joss sticks and dragon candles, food offerings for the deities everywhere, folded joss paper were ready for burning.
Profound as I see it, religion becomes culture and a way of life for those who follow Taoism.