All revelations guide manglossary to believe
in the continuation of life,
and to focus on the spiritual 
growth while on earth

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The concept of 
continuation of life
in Taoism

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In Taoism,  there is a great emphasis on self realization and  purification. There are many practices in order to achieve self realization, but first of all worldly distraction must be overcome in order  to transcend the negative aspects of human existence  (Ching-Yuen 1997:15). By so doing, man should move to embrace Truth, The Ultimate, The Great Wisdom.  "The Embracing of the Truth-the truth of What Is- is the critical means by which self-realization is achieved"  (Ching-Yuen 1997:27).   That is the gate to the realm of immortality.


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The way is not easy, it requires steadfastness, sincerity, hardship, faithful practice of purification. The word that is chosen to express ultimate purification is "emptiness" . "Truth can also be understood through Emptiness, ... All things in this world are rooted in Emptiness and subsumed by it. " (Ching-Yuen 1997:28). The state of emptiness leads to the awakening of the soul, and the experiencing of the Spirit.  "Truth is known through Spirit. Whatever their nature, all things endowed  with wisdom have spirit. This element should be nurtured within both mind and body over longer and longer periods of time, an action which serves to purify our body and the universe as well, keeping them sacred"  ( Ching-Yuen 1997:28)
The Oneness is an important principle in man's awareness, Lao-tzu teaching focuses on "holding to the One". Practically this principle means that man should train himself to see what is harmonious beyond what seems to be conflicting or disintegrating. By holding to the One, enables man to know truth. In Lao-tzu's words:

Truth and Oneness are indivisible;
Oneness cannot be cleaved from Truth
Truth and Unity - like trees and shade;
Holding them firmly in mind
With the Way as our guide
Se need seek not other path.
(Cited in  Ching-Yuen 1997:29)