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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-5
Soft sinew
His bones are weak, his sinews are soft, and his hold is tight. (Ch.55)

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Do you want to hold Tao tightly?

Holding something tightly and sticking to it is not exactly a good idea, though.

Well, if you still want to do it, be weak and soft like a baby.

You cannot hold Tao. Let's make it clear about this.

Nevertheless, being soft and and weak is an effective way to remember that you are one with Tao.

Soften your own self.

Weaken your strong ego.

Minimize the intervention by your own self, which is part of the hologram.

Why don't we say "My own self does not belong to me." once and for all?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-6
Male organ
Although he doesn't know the intercourse of a male and a female yet, his male organ erects itself. (Ch.55)

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A baby without intention or desire is in the state of Bumo Misho Izen 父母未生以前, which means "before the father and the mother are born".

The father, a male, meets the mother, a female in the valley, which is Tao.

The intercourse of a male and a female suggests the Yin Yang circle, which is the prayer wheel and the cycle of Tao's energy.

Your hologram will be projected in the cycle as a baby's male organ erects itself naturally.

Whether you are aware of it or not, the wheel called Life keeps on turning.

A baby doesn't know the mechanism.

Then, would you still like to know it?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-7
He is at the peak of virility. (Ch.55)

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When you are like a baby without intention, desire, or judgement, you are using Dark Depth Female without knowing it.

This is the state of total acceptance, that it to say, doing nothing.

With no resistance, you are not wasting Tao's energy.

Therefore, you are "at the peak" of your creation.

You are creating your hologram as you desire.

One thing must be added here.

You are in this state all the time.

You don't try to be like a baby.

You are a baby, the perfect master of the universe like baby Buddha. (☞See Buddha alone 20-10)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-8
Su Donpo / No husky voice
He cries out all day long, but his voice doesn't get husky.


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A baby can "cry out all day long" because his energy won't be exhausted.

His hologram can keep crying because Tao is inexhaustible.

Eleventh-century Chinese poet So Toba / Su Dongpo 蘇東坡 expressed this beautifully:



[Mu ichi motsu chu mu jin zo

hana ari tsuki ari rodai ari]

Nothingness has an unlimited storage.

Flowers exist. The moon exists. A tower exists.

(Mu = Nothing. ☞ As for Mu ga / No Self, see 72-4 Kow yourself and 80-11 Neighbors.)

The first line has become one of the favorite expressions among Zen Buddhists.

Please read 39-12 Inexhaustible valley. The entry explains this in detail in terms of the signification of each Kanji / Chinese character: 無一物中無尽蔵 [Mu ichi motsu chu mu jin zo] Nothingness has an unlimited storage.

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