“Tao is forever and he that possesses it, though his body ceases, is not destroyed.”
Before straying too far into this, pondering these ideas does not imply that I necessarily subscribe to, or believe in, the symbolic or literally stated import of all of these ideas. I do, however, find them highly interesting on a philosophical level.
There exists remarkable concordance between aspects of the Chinese esoteric tradition – in particular Taoist streams – and aspects of esoteric Islam, in particular Sufism.
Both schools of thought are concerned with the unification of opposites, mainly on a higher plane of “ascent”, as well as in daily human affairs, be they commercial, sexual, familial, or social. Both also see a general ‘fall” of mankind not so much as in a negative light, but more as a necessary and inevitable process that can be reversed.
Both are interesting systems of thought that see polarity and opposites as being important, but constantly looks for harmony, unification, and the complementarities of such opposites. Both cultivate the realization that every set of opposing things resolves itself on a different level, while seeing the importance of such opposites in their own light.