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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-11
Gods rest
If gods were not spiritual, they might rest. (Ch.39)

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Everything is a god.

You are a god, too.

In Shintoism in Japan, we express it as "yaoyorozu no kami gami 八百万の神々 (=eight million gods)".

All the objects, all the living beings, even words and thoughts, of course, your own self; all of them are gods.

Your so-called reality is a collection of gods. You must respect every aspect of it.

Don't waste your food because it is a god.

Chew it completely and receive its life with respect.

Don't throw away your ball point pen before you finish all the ink


For the ink is also a god like you.

Everything is the manifestation of Tao.

Don't let the Tao/hologram cycle rest.


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According to an English dictionary, the definition of "matsuri" is: a solemn festival celebrated periodically at Shinto shrines in Japan. It is something more than that. Etymologically speaking, "ma" means an empty space or time. "Tsuri" signifies being suspended in the air. To the Japanese, "matsuri" is "a suspended time". Enjoy the sample music of the Japanese traditional drum Taiko on the left. Happi is a traditional costume for a matsuri. You can see the nice Kanji / Chinese character matsuri 祭 written in red in the middle of the back.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-12
Inexhaustible valley
If the valley were not filled, it might be exhausted. (Ch.39)

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"The valley" means void.

So, Lao Tzu wants to say:

"void is filled and inexhaustible".

In Zen Buddhism, they say:

"無一物中無尽蔵 [mu ichi motsu chu mu jin zo]"

no / one / thing / inside / no / limit / storage

Each Kanji / Chinese character has the signification in this order.

It can be translated as:

"nothingness has an unlimited storage."

Sometimes, I wonder.

All the computer jargons and the internet technology may exist as a metaphor in order to explain us how Tao works.

It is just like Ikkyu's «Yama Uba» play, which tells us how Zen functions.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-13
If everything were not born, it might be ruined. (Ch.39)

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Everything we see and hear is a hologram, a catalyst, and an illusion.

Watch out! It does not mean at all that a hologram is less important than Tao.

So, treat your holographic world with respect.

Tao has to recreate itself constantly. It needs the never-ending circulation of the energy.

Without a hologram, without a catalyst, this constant recreation would be "ruined".

Your world is thus important.

Doesn't this cycle resemble our spiritual development?

To understand the importance of the world, we have to learn that it is an illusion, a precious and reliable illusion.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-14
Lords & Kings = Masters
If lords and kings were not masters, they might stumble and fall. (Ch.39)

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Are you suffering from feelings?

Do you think someone else is dictating your life and the world?

No one but you can project your hologram.

In other words, you are the master of the world you project.

So, the world is perfect no matter how much you think otherwise.

"Lords and kings" here in Today's Tao sentence suggest your own


If your own self is against the idea, it will create a mental short-circuit and make your hologram "stumble and fall", unsustainable.

This is the cause of your painful feelings.

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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 39-15
Noble = Mean
Therefore, the noble make the mean their root. (Ch.39)

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You should not segregate something noble from something mean as you should not segregate you own self from others.

All of them are holograms you project.

Don't despise someone mean as you don't despise someone noble.

Don't despise your own self as you don't despise others.

All of them are precious holograms and catalysts to stimulate true


True You are the root of everything, which is Tao.

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