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B. Satori


Therefore, the sage treats things without interference and teaches without words.

The last thing the wise man wants to do is to interfere the natural process for his hologram to come about.

Acting directly is like crying out his intention which it has already been heard.

The act creates kind of a short circuit and it is counter-productive and waste of energy.

Logically, he does not have to use "words" to "teach" something to someone.

Since everything is connected, all the knowledge is shared by everyone (=you).

The sage has nothing to tell.

Though everything moves, he does not explain it.

Though something is born, he does not possess it.

Though something is done, he does not rely on it.

With no "explaining", no "possessing", or no "relying", the enlightened man carefully avoid being attached to the world (=his hologram).

The more absorbed you are in your hologram, the more difficult it is for you to think that what you are seeing is just "a" world, not "the" world.

The important thing at this stage is your feelings.

If you get annoyed or frustrated because of the hologram (=the world in front of you), your mind and body get tense.

It is like electricity and resistance.

When the mind and body are tense, less of the energy fundamental is created and it cannot flow smoothly.

That is not what the sage wants.

("[Therefore,] although something is done, [the sage] doesn't rely on it." This sentence is repeated in Chapter 77. ☞Watch the video Attachment 77-10)

Though his great tasks are accomplished, he does not stay there.

It is exactly because he does not stay there that he does not go away.

Being successful or not does not interest the wise, either.

After all, your hologram (=the so-called world) is an illusion.

It is just a catalyst, not a finality.

For what sake would you like to be a king and stick to the power in a play?

("Although his great tasks are (successfully) accomplished, he doesn't stay there." This sentence is also repeated in Chapter 77. ☞Watch the video After life / Task successfully accomplished 77-11)

"It is exactly because" the sage "does not" cling on to his hologram "that he does not go away" from the fundamental energy (=Tao).

Your hologram is a manifestation of the energy.

To understand this, you have to get away from your hologram once.

If you can accept the fact that the world (=your hologram) is not a finality, you are not part of your hologram [though you are your hologram. Hopefully, you can see the delicate difference between being part of it and being itself].

Even a tiny step away from the hologram, it is a wonderful state of mind.

You emit the energy and see the transformation of your hologram.

Your energy manifests itself through the hologram, asking you to emit more of it.

Then, who are "you"?

You are the fundamental energy (=Tao) itself.

So, a wise man or you, or whoever he is, cannot "go away" from it.

This is a circle with no diameter, a cycle with no time.

Your hologram (=the world), your energy, and you are, in fact, one.

Realizing this (=receiving and emitting the energy) is called "Satori" in Zen.

(It is much better if you think that Satori is an act rather than a state although the word "state" is often used to explain it. Please see other chapters below concerning Satori in order to have a further understanding.)

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«Manual of Zen Buddhism» By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki is a useful book. It is not a "manual" in the sense of a training manual where you can find how to complete a procedure, but is a manual in the sense of "a book of the forms to be used by priests in the administration of the sacraments." (Apple Dictionary) «Manual of Zen Buddhism» has a comprehensive collection of sutras / prayers originally from India and admonitions by well-known Chinese and Japanese masters. 鈴木大拙(本名:貞太郎) 禅仏教 便覧 経

-Chapter 3b You and non-you. Jiko and Tako in Japanese. Don't wish for Satori. That's exactly why you don't get it.

-Chapter 16 Go back. Satori is not an altered state.

-Chapter 27 Love all. Satori is absolute acceptance.

-Chapter 52 Enlightenment. Sometimes, Satori is translated as such in English.

-Chapter 56b Be like Dust. We don't need any mortification to reach Satori. In the chapter, you will also find out an interesting metaphor for Buddha.

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