Tao Te Ching Chapter 51

51st Chapter
Tao gives life to the world and uses virtues to foster life (the condition of one’s life shows through virtues) .
Everything forms gradually and is nourished in its growth process.
But the outcome depends on whether life can make it through all the conditions which lay in front of it.
Therefore, all created things honor Tao and cherish virtues, for the life they have has been given and nourished.

The reason for which Tao has been honored and virtues have been cherished, is because Tao gives life but does not interfere and uses virtues to foster life but not dominate. The creator lets life develop naturally respecting the choices people make.

Thus, Tao creates His creatures and foster them with virtues, helps life develop and nourishes them, shelters and protects living things until they fully develop and produce fruits.
Tao gives life but does not treat them as possessions,
Provides for all the needs of life but does not take credit,
Helps life develop but does not interfere,
These are the attributes of Tao, the ideal virtues.

Implications from the Holy Books

O YE SONS OF SPIRIT! Ye are My treasury, for in you I have treasured the pearls of My mysteries and the gems of My knowledge. Guard them from the strangers amidst My servants and from the ungodly amongst My people. —Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian 69

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