Very little is known about the author of the book, the wise old Lau Tsu. It is believed that 2,500 years ago he was the keeper of the library of the Emperor of China. Legend says that Lau Tsu retired from this job when Confucius was chosen by the Emperor to be the new Minister of Law and Education. Soon after his retirement, Lau Tsu left the kingdom for a journey to the Himalayas. It is a journey from which he never returned. At the border gate he left this small book of treasures which illustrates in simple words his views regarding the great secret of life.