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No control, so what?


When you study, you accumulate your knowledge everyday. When you do Tao, you reduce everything everyday.

Why do we want more? Why do we want to accumulate something?

It is lack of confidence. Lack of confidence in life, in Higher Being, in, after all, yourself. It is lack of self-confidence.

If you can believe that all you need will be given, you don't have to be afraid of lacking anything.

If you know that you have already got what you need, you don't need to accumulate anything.

On the other hand, if you understand that things and thoughts are obstacles, you simply want to get rid of them.

It is very difficult for wealthy people to accept their gaudy yacht solely exists in their hologram, well, in their illusion.

Likewise, it is hard for intelligent people to admit that their smartness does not belong to them.

Like themselves, the smartness and other feature of their self are the results of interaction by others (=hologram, =the rest of the world, =mountains and flowers)

Once again, it is an illusion though it does not mean it is less important.

We can say the same thing about desire.

You reduce and reduce it. Eventually, you reach the state of doing nothing.

You keep on reducing and, "eventually", will have nothing to get rid of.

This it the state of "doing nothing", Lao Tzu says.

Many religious giants in the history and some spiritual gurus in a profitable business may say the same thing.

But what does "do nothing" mean? Are we not allowed to move our heart or stomach?

The answer is "No". You mustn't move your heart or stomach.

Of course, you may want to disagree, saying, "Then, I cannot live!".

But wait a moment. Are you really moving your heart, stomach, and intestines?

If so, would you be able to stop them for a while?

You may still want to say, "Please don't play with words. A heart and a stomach are different, but I can surely move my hands and legs. How about them?"

Well, how precisely can you move them?

If you can move your body parts exactly as you like, you can pursue any kind of your athletic ambitions with a great success.

Unfortunately, the majority of people do not possess the agility and power of a professional athlete.

Even among the top athletes, it is doubtful that they are all happy about how they move their body.

As for thoughts and emotions, we think that each individual has absolute autonomy. Are you sure you can really control them?

If we can subjugate our emotions, why do we get upset or annoyed?

We may be a king, but our thoughts and emotions are not our subjects.

We have to admit that we haven't got much to ourselves.

In fact, we don't have anything at all. If we don't possess our mind and body, being the owner of the self means nothing.

Nevertheless, it is a little too soon to be discouraged.

On the contrary, we have to be jubilant to know we have got nothing.

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