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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-1
Flooded water
Big Tao is like flooded water, going left and right, and all over. (Ch.34)


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Tao is omnipresent.


When we say this, what kind of image do you picture?


Is it as if everything is like an onion and you find Tao when you peel it till you reach its core?


If so, it is about time you changed your idea about the fundamental energy Tao.


Tao is bigger than objects as if flooded water or a tsunami sucks in everything.


Tao (=true You) ⊃ self (=so-called "you") + objects (="non-you")


self (=so-called "you") + objects (="non-you") = hologram


Self projects objects. Objects define self.


self = objects = hologram = prayers = manifestation of Tao



[Note]

See Daisetz Suzuki's «Manual of Zen Buddhism» (IV. From the Chinese Zen Masters, 2. The Third Patriarch on "Believing in Mind"). Suzuki writes:


The Mind = the Way = the One = Emptiness


«Manual of Zen Buddhism»@Amazon



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«Manual of Zen Buddhism» and «An Introduction to Zen Buddhism» are written by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, one of the best Japanese advocates of Zen and other schools of Buddhism in English. Daisetz means "Big clumsy". In terms of writing, he was contrary to his Zen name. He was an excellent scholar and thinker.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-2
No exclusion
Thanks to Tao, everything appears. It doesn't exclude anything. (Ch.34)


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Tao does not exclude anything.


Then, why do we want to exclude someone or something?


Everything is one.


Everything is one hologram.


That's why we must not judge any.


We must not split it.


Accept all as it is.


It is an important "act" to accept this whole manifestation of Tao in order to circulate the energy.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-3
Tao’s Task
Tao accomplishes its tasks and has no name. (Ch.34)


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Tao's task is to exist.


To do so, it needs the constant recreation of itself.


Holograms stimulate Tao, and it creates them.


Every time you accept and love your hologram, you recreate Tao because everyone of you is Tao.


Joe, you are Tao.


Jane, you are Tao, too.


How can we give only one name to Tao?


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-4
Love = Tao
Tao loves and raises everything, but doesn't try to be its master. (Ch.34)


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Love is Tao. Love and Tao are two names for the same energy.


It creates itself constantly.


"Everything" in the world is a hologram and catalyst.


Tao / Love energy "raises" it to stimulate itself for its constant recreation.


This is the reincarnation.


Tao doesn't control any. It is just the source.


Love doesn't control any. We just emit Love.


You don't try to be a master because true You are Love itself, and Tao itself.



Tao = Love = true You


Reincarnation = the cycle of Yin and Yang = Prayer wheel



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-5
Small
Tao never has any desire, so we can name it Small. (Ch.34)


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Tao doesn't think.


Tao has neither intention nor desire.


Tao is not destiny that controls your life.


It is just neutral energy.


Your own Self uses this energy to project the hologram (=the world).


In other words, your own Self creates the destiny.


Tao doesn't have the least control or influence over anything.


Tao is small, isn't it?


Tao is too small to punish you or give you a bad karma.


We are safe.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-6
Big’s Chaos
All go back to Tao,

but it doesn't try to

be their master, so

we can call it Big.

(Ch.34)


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"Everything" in the world is a hologram.


It comes out of Tao in order to stimulate you to emit more of the fundamental energy.


When the hologram has accomplished its task as a catalyst, it goes back to Tao.


In Tao, everything is in the state before it has a form, which is called Bumo misho izen 父母未生以前 in Zen Buddhism.


It is chaos without time or space. Time and space are parameters that only exist in our mind, our hologram.


Tao doesn't control holograms. It simply includes all. It is the origin of everything.


Tao is big, isn't it? You are big, too, because true You are Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 34-7
Achieve Big
Therefore, the wise can achieve this Big because he never tries to be Big. Thus, he can achieve this Big. (Ch.34)


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You are always one with Tao.


So, why do you try to be one with Tao?


You will never achieve Satori if you wish to do so.


Because, by wishing so, you are denying that you are already in the state of Satori.


That's why Lao Tzu asks us to do nothing.


Minimize your resistance.


Enjoy all the moments of the transformation in your hologram.


Then, you can remember that you are Tao.


You have already achieved the Big.


You've got nothing to prove to anybody.


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