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A brief History and Philosophy

Introduction :  As a religion that encompasses a vast range of religious ideas from many different cultures and cosmologies, there is much that I could say about Caodaism. As I am speaking in Bangladesh however, there are a few areas I would like to highlight as they are issues that also concern the Muslim world and cultures that are infused with Hindu cosmological assumptions. Initially, I would like to provide a brief historical account of Caodaism leaving to one side issues of morality, ethics and lifestyle which are better explained by my travelling companions. Secondly I would like to speak of Caodaism as a manifestation of monotheism in the East and explain methods of revelation as a way of contrasting this faith with that of the prophetic tradition of the West. … Read entire article »

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Canonical codes

THE NEW CANONICAL CODES (TAN LUAT) TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Chapter I – Hierarchy of Religious Dignitaries Chapter II – On Believers Chapter III – Establishment of A Parish Chapter IV – The Five Prohibitions Chapter V – The Four Great Commandments Chapter VI – On Education Chapter VII – Sanctions Chapter VIII – On the Promulgation of the Law and Regulations Secular Rules The House of Meditation All human beings have to recognise what is over our heads. The infinite space over our heads is Heaven / Troi. The Supreme Being who rules this infinite space is the Creator, Ngoc Hoang Thuong De (The Celestial Emperor), the Supreme Head of all the Universe and of the Cosmos. Today, the Creator has come under the name of CAO-DAI TIEN-ONG DAI-BO-TAT-MA-HA-TAT , to found in Vietnam , through miraculous spiritism, a true Religion of high … Read entire article »

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Structure of Caodaism

Since Cao Dai Religion / Dai Dao Tam Ky Pho Do was founded, God established Phap-Chanh-Truyen (The Religious Constitution of Caodaism) and guided the high dignitaries to form the Tan-Luat (The New Canonical Codes), and The-Luat (Secular Rules/Laws On The Secular Life of the Faithful) in order to govern the religious administration and maintain truth and justice in the Religion. In 1926 God (Duc Cao Dai) indicated that the Religion was to have three branches/boards: the Bat-Quai-Dai, the Hiep-Thien-Dai and the Cuu-Trung-Dai. In order to operate the Religion the three branches/boards must act in concert. 1) The Bat-Quai-Dai (The Council of the Great Spirits which heads the Eight States of Soul, the Eight-sided Palace of God’s presence, the Eight Trigrams Palace). The Bat-Quai-Dai is Supreme Holy Body, directs all activities of the universe … Read entire article »

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History and philosophy of Caodaism (1)

INTRODUCTION : Gabriel Gobron, author of the present work on Caodaism, was an ardent and courageous writer, journalist and lecturer.Born at Bayonville (Meurthe-et-Moselle), July 5, 1895, he quit the world and its sufferings at Rethel, July 8, 1941.With the present work and undoubtedly with others that shall follow, Gabriel Gobron continues his literary works in the Beyond.This time, the work far surpasses literature. We can speak of the “message” and with a capital letter.  GABRIEL GOBRON HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF CAODAISM Reformed Buddhism, Vietnamese Spiritism, New Religion in Eurasia Translated from the original French by Pham-Xuan-Thai Published under the auspices of His Excellency Tran-Quang-Vinh, Major-General, Commander-in-Chief of the Caodaist Troops, Minister of the Armed Forces of the Government of Viet Nam Republished by the CAO DAI OVERSEAS MISSIONARY, Washington D.C, USA – 2003 Being an eminent polyglot, an indefatigable inquirer … Read entire article »

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