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Tao Te Ching Chapter 48-1
Reduce
When you study, you

accumulate your

knowledge everyday.


When you do Tao,

you reduce everything every day.


(Ch.48)


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Instead of accumulating, you reduce things in Taoism.


Reducing is much better than accumulating.


It is a bit like housekeeping.


You have to throw things away.


We keep too many things , which are not necessary at all.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 48-2
Reduce and reduce
You reduce and

reduce it.


Eventually, you

reach the state of doing nothing.


(Ch.48)


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Just reducing doesn't seem to be enough.


Lao Tzu asks you to reduce and reduce again.


When you do Tao, you don't accumulate anything. (☞See Reduce 48-1)


Accumulating anything like experience and knowledge is considered worse than useless.


Eventually, you reach the state of absolute acceptance.


You accept all no matter how horrible it looks.


The state is called Satori, too. (You are in the state of Satori all the time since your own self does not exist. How can you accumulate something individually if the self does not exist!)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 48-3
Do nothing
By doing nothing,

you can do

everything. (Ch.48)


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This expression "doing

nothing" has been

confusing the

occidental world for a

fairly long time.


The question is "Can you really do nothing?".


No, if you try to understand it literally.


We live, don't we?


It is already more than doing nothing.


But, yes, if you truly understand the quintessential message of any

oriental philosophy.


It means "Accept all".


We can do it, can't we?


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 48-4
Get the world
You always get the

world by doing

nothing. (Ch. 48)


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Doing nothing signifies

accepting the fact that

we are doing nothing.


It is about time we

stopped bragging we

are in control.


We can't even control our body, emotion, or mind.


"The world" is part of your hologram.


So, "get the world" means "accept your hologram".


We can do it right here right now, can't we?


Or, do you still want to say that you need years of mortification and

meditation before you receive Satori as a diploma or something?


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 48-5
Do something
If you do something,

you will never get

the world. (Ch. 48)


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"Do something for the

world!"


"Do something for the

planet!", people shout.


Haven't we kept on shouting this modern-day mantra for long

enough?


Long enough to learn that this "Do something!" attitude never works?


If we intervene, things will get more complicated.


By blocking the natural flow of Tao, you will get stuck in your own

hologram.


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