What is the difference between Tao of Heaven and the Tao of mankind? Which one should be practised 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 practises Tao should start with the Tao of mankind.


Filial devotion, brotherly love, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, intergrity and facing of shame are the eight most important attributions of one’s character. Heaven constantly evaluates people’s hearts and observes people’s actions. For those who do not respect their parents, do not love their brothers and sister, work and act wrongly, do not keep their promises, have no propriety, have no justice, have no intergrity or have no shame, their practices will not benefit them. If one does not behave according to the Tao mankind, how can he follow Tao of Heaven? Thus to practice Tao of Heaven, one must fulfil the Tao of mankind first. Confucious said: "By learning the Tao of mankind, a practitioner of Tao can extend to the Tao Heaven". When one perfects the Tao of mankind, one is not far from the Tao of Heaven.