Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching can not be separated. Lao Tzu is considered to be the father of Taoism because he developed the Taoist ideas and concepts in his Book.
But the Taoism of
Lao Tzu is not only a religious system, as one might think. Though Taoism exists as religion too, it is also a way of life which aims and the unity with the Tao, the Great Pervader.
This is why when we talk about Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching we also talk about the Tao, or the Way.
Here's what Lao Tzu himself says about the Tao
in the first chapter of his Book:
The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and
unchanging Tao. The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.
(Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.
Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see. (Translation by James Legge)
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