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Sai’s horse

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 13-1
Excitement
Favor and disgrace are like excitement. (Ch.13)


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If you don't judge, favor and disgrace are the same.


All they do is to excite you one way or

another.


Lao Tzu sometimes asks you to think about things the other way round, that is to say, swap the cause and the result.


In stead of thinking favour and disgrace affect you, one can think that they exist in order to excite you.


Emotion is a form of energy. That's why we have some causes to make us emit the energy.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 13-2
Big trouble
Big trouble is like your body. (Ch.13)


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Your body doesn't belong to you.


It is part of your hologram.


Your big trouble doesn't belong to you, either.


It is part of your hologram, too.


All of them belong to your hologram.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 13-3
Favor and disgrace
What does it mean by saying that favor and disgrace are like excitement? (Ch.13)


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You think favor is good and disgrace bad.


But don't judge.


In Taoism, we don't need this kind of excitement.


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See also Chapter 2 Do not judge and Chapter 19 Destroy cleverness.

 

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 13-4
Old Sai’s horse / Favor
You regard favor as something good.

(Ch.13)


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Let's decode this.


It means:


You judge favour as something good.


But good and bad don't exist in the world of Tao.



There is an old Japanese proverb with a Taoist origin (from «Huainanzi 淮南子»).


It is Sai ou ga Uma 塞翁が馬 [Sa Ong Ji Ma 塞翁之馬], or «Old Sai's horse».


Sai 塞 signifies a fortress. Probably he lived near a fortress on a

border.


One day, old Sai lost his horse.


His neighbors came and said:


"Mr. Sai, what a bad luck, we are sorry for you".


Then he replied:


"You never know. It may bring us a good fortune".


Months later, the horse came back with a fleet steed.


His neighbors came and said:


"You were right, Mr. Sai. It brought you a good fortune".


Then, old Sai replied:


"You never know. It may bring us a bad fortune".


Years later, his family had more fine horses.


His son liked riding them.


He fell off and broke his thigh.


His neighbors came and said:


"We are sorry for you. You were right, Mr. Sai. It brought you a bad

fortune".


Then, old Sai replied:


"You never know. It may bring us a good fortune".


A year later, war broke out, but his son was not drafted to fight because of his broken leg.


Old Sai and his son survived the war.


When a Japanese uses the expression "Sai ou ga Uma", he means «Joy and sorrow are today and tomorrow».


Well, one should not judge any. Right?


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