What is the difference between the Tao of Heaven and the

Tao of Mankind?  Which one should be practiced first?

 

One who emphasizes his practice of Tao on his True Self and his

life, and takes on the mission of bringing salvation to the world is

the one who follows the Tao of Heaven.  One who emphasizes on

ethics, morality and five virtues of Tao is one who follows the Tao

of Mankind.  The Tao of Mankind is the basis of the Tao of Heaven. 

Thus, whoever practices Tao should start with the Tao of Mankind.

 

Filial devotion, brotherly love, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety,

righteousness, integrity, and feeling shame are the eight most important

attributes of one’s character.  God constantly evaluates people’s hearts

and observes people’s actions.  For those who do not respect their

parents, do not love their brothers and sisters, work and act perfunctorily,

do not keep their promises, have no propriety, have no justice, have no

integrity, or have no shame, their practices will not benefit them.  If one

does not behave according to the Tao of Mankind, how can he follow the

Tao of Heaven?  Thus, to practice Tao, one must fulfill the Tao of Mankind

first.  Confucius said “By learning the Tao of Mankind, a practitioner of

Tao can extend it to the Tao of Heaven.”  Thus, when one perfects the Tao

of Mankind, he is not far from the Tao of Heaven.