Prediliction - 偏愛 - Piān'ài
Those who follow Tao
do so on their own accord.
Tao makes no promises;
the true reward is inconceivable.
inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
When compared to the other spiritual traditions, Tao does not appear popular. The adherents of Tao appear poor, veiled in humility. In comparison, other traditions offer heavenly salvation, divine forgiveness, and endless comfort. Promises of ecstasy, belonging, power, and wealth are interwoven with the spiritual message. Tao only provides three things: sound health, a way through this bewildering life, and liberation from the fear of death.
That is why there are so few of us, following Tao. This is not the glamorous existence of a high priest. There is no subservient congregation; Tao has no dependence on tithes and offerings. There is no ranking system for the believers. You are either with Tao, or you are temporarily removed. When death arrives, you, like all others before, shall die.
You must be tough to follow this path. If you can avoid becoming discouraged, by poverty, isolation, and obscurity, then you can rely on that unshakable devotion for the remainder of your days. Rewards will trickle into your life, slowly and too subtly for you to notice. You may not suddenly achieve great riches, or influence, but your discovery is far greater. You will find the source of mysterious sustenance, unknown in that other world. Once you take that taste, all of your lingering doubts shall fade, and even poverty and loneliness become easier to bear.