Reprint of the 1937 edition. The Tao Te Ching is one of the world's great philosophical and spiritual classics, revered by millions. The oldest scripture of Taoism and meditational text, it is also a timeless philosophy of power based on harmony with nature. It has been adopted as a modern leadership manual and is well suited to contemporary life. The title means " The Way of Power" or "The Classic (Ching) of the Way (Tao) and virtue (Te)." The tao determines the te, or the manner in which a person might act who is attuned to the tao. Whatever can be defined is not tao--it is the timeless spirit that runs through all life, creating the essential oneness of the universe. The tao is not even "god," god being an entity that has sprung from the tao.