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.