Tao by Matsumoto

Taoism videos / Chapter 19 1-7.

Reduce desire

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-1
No discernment
Destroy discernment. Throw away intellect. And people's benefit will be 100 times as much. (Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


Lao Tzu is strongly against judgement and intellect. (☞See Chapter 2 Do not judge)


If you don't discern good from evil, there will be no problem.


The world is already perfect.


Why do we have to change it for the sake of changing it?


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


  1. Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube


  1. See also No lowness 2-5

 

  [Related Articles]

KEYWORDS

Jizo (Ksitigarbha) has an important role in Japan's everyday life. For example, this Japanese "Enka (country)" singer Koji Fukushima sings «Furusato Jizo / Jizo in my home village». "I wanna go home. I miss my Jizo."

« Previous                              Quick guide                              Next »

  [Chapter 19]  Destroy cleverness                   Go to YouTube Playlist

Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-2
Morality of love
Destroy "morality of love". Throw away its rules. And people will recover children's filial duty and

parents' merciful

"love". (Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


"I love you because my moral forces me to."


"I love you because you are my parent and my filial duty forces me

to."


"I love you because you are my child and my mercy forces me to."


Do we really want someone in front of us to tell so?


Love all. Period.


Accept everything without thinking about moral, duty, mercy, or even the word "love".


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-3
No profit, no thieves
Destroy cleverness. Throw away profit. And there will be no thieves. (Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


"Sir, excuse me, sir. I have got a very good deal. It is the safest investment on Earth, and, you know, you can transfer your profit straight to Liechtenstein. No tax."


Don't be clever.


Don't think of profit.


Human beings have an unquenchable desire to outsmart others.


That's why we have thieves.


I used to work for Arthur Andersen.


Do you remember this name?


Once upon a time, the name belonged to one of the most prestigious accounting firms on the planet.


It is gone with Enron.


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-4
Taoist investment
About these three things, the words don't seem to be enough. Therefore, I am forced to add something. (Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


In the last three episodes, we have been discussing; discernment and intellect; morality and rules; cleverness and profit.


Is Lao Tzu a Nostradamus of financial crises or emotional bankruptcies?


He doesn't care.


He doesn't wanna be a prophet.


He just wants to tell us that all of them are part of your hologram.


Stop looking for an objective world outside you, please.


But, if you really need Taoist investment tips, I will tell you about them secretly.


Ha, ha, ha, ha. (a Kyogen actor's laughter)


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 

Need help?


Q: "I am frustrated! Will Tao help me?"


A: Why don't you think the other way round?

Reverse Thinking


Q: "I am not happy about how I look. Do I need a cosmetic surgery?"


A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall


Q: "I am scared of seeing my reports. What’s gonna happen if the numbers are not good enough"


A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

No Numbers


Q: "We need to change our way to grow foods. I am worried about the future of my children. What should we do?"


A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

Tao Agriculture


Q: "People talk about Zen, but what the heck is it indeed?"


A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

Zen is Love


Q: "I am desperate. I need some solutions right away."


A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

10 points to be One with Tao


Q: "I am confused when people tell me to face reality. What is reality?"


A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

No Absolute Truth


Q: "Is a geisha truly a p,........., a lady of the oldest profession of human beings?"


A: No, it means "artist", literally. She is an artist of the Taoist way of living.

Kawabata's Onsen Geisha


Q: "What Does Nintendo mean?"


A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-5
Essence = Uncarved block
Show your essence and hold an uncarved block. (Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


Don't be pretentious.


Why do you have to impress others while you know they are part of your hologram?


Be as ignorant as an uncarved block.


Destroy your cleverness.


That's the way to show your true essence.


If you take off your clothes, your body, and your hologram, you will find Tao there.


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-6
Reduce desire
Diminish self and reduce desire.

(Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


"Reduce your desire and learn contentment."


"C'mon!"


"Meditate calmly and diminish your own self"


"Bbbbb"


Even some Zen masters say so.


But there is no such thing called "self" from the beginning.


How can you reduce or diminish something that doesn't exist!


Don't worry about so-called self and desire.


If they seem to bother you, just leave them alone.


They are part of your hologram like the snow on the roof. They will melt eventually.


Self and desire are just part of a nice Christmas photo.


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-7
Don’t learn
Destroy learning and have no worries.

(Ch.19)


♦  ♦  ♦


Reduce your knowledge.


It is safe even if you are ignorant.


Don't be afraid of others.


You don't have to protect yourself with knowledge.


Other people are your own creation.


Don't learn from anything, even from your mistakes.


It is useless.


Why do you have to accumulate something useless?


Give your hologram (=the world) a bit more credit. You know all you have to know.


Da, da, da, da, da.


You don't have to learn Tao.


Da, dada. Da, dada.


See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog


Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

 

Please look at this originality and creativity of Katsushika, Hokusai. Manga in Japan has a long history which goes back to the medieval era.

On the left, it is "Ichiban 一番" in Kanji / Chinese characters. On the right, «Sapporo Ichiban» Miso taste. "Ichi" means one; "Ban", number. "Ichiban" means Number One. The Ramen is the best instant noodles from Sapporo, the name of the product claims. Sapporo is one of the heartlands of Ramen noodles in Japan. Unlike other noodles distributed internationally, the taste of «Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen» is not adapted to the consumers abroad. It tastes like typical and "authentic" instant Ramen noodles in their place of birth.