In Chinese philosophy the Tao is the absolute principle underlying the Universe. Combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way that is in harmony with the natural order.
The interpretation of Tao in the Tao-te-Ching and through the Chinese word signifies the ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’, ‘road’.
This intuitive knowing of “life” cannot be grasped as a concept; it is known through actual living experience of one’s everyday being. One’s human intuition and character must discern in order to realize the potential for individual wisdom.
Laozi or (Lao-Tzu) in the Tao Te Ching explains that the Tao is not a ‘name’ for a ‘thing’ but the underlying direction of the Universe, whose ultimate essence is difficult to circumscribe due to it being non conceptual yet evident’ in one’s being of aliveness.
The Tao is “eternally nameless” (Tao Te Ching-32. Laozi) and to be distinguished from the countless ‘named’ things, which are considered to be its manifestations, the reality of life before its descriptions of it.