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Tao Te Ching Chapter 36-5
Mini enlightenment
This is called minute enlightenment.

(Ch.36)


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If you give more, you can take more.


It is wise, but it is just minute, mini, small enlightenment.


It is not the true Satori.


Of course, you are free to use the Dark Depth Female technique for your benefit.


But, doesn't it mean that you are not happy about what it is right here right now?


Eh, eh, you are refusing to accept your world as it is.


Aren't you fighting against your own hologram?


The mini enlightenment is fine as your first step to transform it, but let's accept all without any resistance.


That's the big, gigantic Satori.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 36-6
Soft Tao
The soft and weak beat the tough and strong. (Ch.55)


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The soft beats the tough.


That was supposed to be the idea of Judo, the soft Tao.


The weak beats the strong.


A Japanese proverb says:


"To lose is to win / 負けるが勝ち [makeru ga kachi]".


The conventional wisdom may agree.


If you are tough, you might be inflexible.


If you are strong, you might be arrogant.


They are contrary to 玄牝 [gen pi], Dark Depth Female attitude.


Being soft and weak is much closer to Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 36-7
Zen Master Dogen’s Fish and Water
A fish had better not leave the deep water. (Ch.36)


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"A fish" here is your own self.


"The deep water" here is your hologram.


Your own self cannot exist outside the hologram as a fish cannot live outside water.


It is quite interesting that Zen Master Dogen uses the same metaphor in his «Shobogenzo».


"Since the olden days, no fish has left water and no bird has left the sky." (Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)


"If the fish tries to comprehend what water is before it gets in there, it will never find either the way or the place." (ditto)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 36-8
Useful tool
You must not show anyone the useful tool to govern the nation. (Ch.36)


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"The useful tool" means Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [gen pi].


"The nation" suggests your hologram.


Therefore, you must not show anyone how you use Dark Depth Female in order to control your hologram.


Why can't you show that you are the one who controls your

hologram?


Because it causes sort of a mental short circuit.


You are trying to construct and destruct the hologram at the same

time.


Your own self has to play perfectly the role of a character there.


But, if you tell others that the world is a hologram, it's like an actor in a movie trying to convince other characters that it is a fictional world where they live.


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