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Constant “beginning”

Tao Te Ching Chapter 52-1
Constant “beginning”
In the world under

the sky, there is a

beginning. (Ch.52)

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The world has its

constant beginning.

In other words, this

world begins and ends

simultaneously without


There is a constant "beginning" in your hologram (="the world under

the sky").

It is a constant "Big Bang".

Time is a measure that you use to reconstruct the world in your


Master Dogen advises us:

"Don't think that time only flies away."

(Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)


In Tao, time doesn't exist.

Therefore, there is neither the beginning of life nor the end of it.

不生不滅 [fusho fumetsu].

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 52-2
Mother of the world
You should call it the

mother of the world

under the sky.


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The "beginning" is the

mother of the


Tao is the mother of

the world.

In Zen Buddhism, it is called Bumo misho izen 父母未生以前, which

means "the state before the father and the mother are born".

Tao is the source of the constant creation of holograms.

Time and space are parameters to reconstruct information as a

hologram in your "mind" (which is part of the hologram).

That's why Master Dogen says:

"Matsu mo toki nari. Take mo toki nari.


Pine trees are time. Bamboo trees are time, too."

(Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)

There is no time in Tao. Therefore, the beginning is the end.

Only the mother exists.

She is true You.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 52-3
Attain the mother
If you have already

attained its mother,

you know its child.


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Mother = Tao

Child = Hologram

"If you have already

attained" Tao, what's gonna happen to you?

You will learn that true You are Tao and what you see is a hologram

and catalyst to have you emit more of the fundamental energy Tao.

True you emits true you.

In other words, Tao emits Tao.

Life, the world, and Self among others are catalysts to stimulate the


The attainment of the mother, or the attainment of Tao, that is to

say, Satori is to be part of it, which you already are.

Therefore, you don't seek Satori.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 52-4
Defend the mother
If you already know

the child and return

to defend the mother,

you will be safe till

the end of your life.

(Ch. 52)

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You have to "know the


In other words, you have to know that the world in front of you is

your hologram and a catalyst.

Accepting and loving your so-called reality, you will return to its

beginning, which is the mother, who is Tao, which is true You.

"Defending" it means to remember that you are one with Tao.

Remember that you are always protected and safe because so-

called danger exists only in your hologram (=so-called reality, =the


Don't be afraid.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 52-5
Closed holes
If you stuff its holes

and close its gate,

you will never be

tired. (Ch. 52)

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Close your eyes and

cover the ears like the

two of Nikko's three


Don't pay attention to the outside world, and you will never be tired.

But there is a better way.

You just accept the world as it is and send Love to it.

Then, you will realize that it is transforming itself as you like.

You will see that true You are Tao and it will never be exhausted.

Fatigue is just a catalyst that ironically stimulates you to emit more

fundamental energy Tao.


-In Block the openings 56-3, a part of this sentence -- "If you stuff its

holes and close its gate". 塞其穴。閉其門。-- is found there. It is

translated as "Block the openings. 塞其穴。 Close the gate. 閉其


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