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Kanshiketsu / Like dust

Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-6
Soft light
Soften the light.


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Don't shine.

Soften your glare.

Do you want to be different, original, or prominent?

This kind of desire is simply an obstacle.

If you are brilliant, it is more difficult to accept that the so-called reality, which includes both your own self and the outside world, is a hologram.

It is a catalyst to stimulate you to emit more Love.

It is not important at all whether you are shining with charisma or not.

You and non-you are the same.

What is the point of shining?

To impress your own self?

You must not be brilliant.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-7
Kanshiketsu / Like dust
Be like dust. (Ch.56)

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Try to be the least important being.

That's the best way to accept the world

(=your hologram) as

it is.

Don't feed your ego.

Be like dust.

Or, be an [excrement] scraper.

Zen Buddhists say:

"Buddha is a dry [excrement] stick"

(糞かきべら [kuso kaki bera] / 乾屎橛 [kanshiketsu] in Japanese).

It is a piece of wood to clean one's bottom after he has relieved


Buddha is the fundamental energy.

So is Tao.

So is Love.

Therefore, please remember that, in every being, even in the scraper that has cleaned many Asian bottoms, you can find Buddha, Tao, Love, or whatever you call the energy.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-8
One with Dark Depth
This is called being one with Dark Depth.(Ch.56)

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Dark Depth is 玄 [gen] in Japanese ([hsüan] in Chinese).

Originally it meant the color of reddish black which you got after having put together a few layers of colors.

The color symbolizes something deep and inexplicable.

"Dark Depth" is a synonym for Tao.

Therefore, 玄同 [gen dō], being one with Dark Depth, is the same as being one with Tao.

No matter what you are, whether you are dust or an [excrement] scraper, you are Tao.

In this Chapter 56 How to be One with Tao, Lao Tzu gives us some tips to remember the fact.

Don't worry and do nothing.

Thanks to the holograms, Tao never ceases to recreate itself.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-9
Closer to Tao
Therefore, you

cannot get close to it. (Ch. 56)

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There is no point trying to get closer to Tao because you are Tao.

You are the fundamental energy.

Tao, Buddha, Love, the higher being.

You can call it whatever you like.

How can you get closer to it if you are the energy!

Don't try to get closer to Tao because it is counterproductive.

If you try to leave your hologram (=the world), the act will make you stuck there.

You must not try to get out.

You just accept it.

That's why we say:

"Do nothing".

Then, you will remember true You are outside the hologram.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-10
Staying away?
You cannot stay away from it. (Ch. 56)

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So, you cannot stay away from Tao because you are Tao.

Zen Master Dogen

says in his «Shobogenzo»:


[Uwo tori, imada mukashi yori midu sora wo hanarezu]

"Fish/birds have never, since the olden days, left water/the sky.

Your own self cannot leave the hologram as fish/birds cannot leave water/the sky".

(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)

The reverse side of the truth is the same.

True you are Tao, so, of course you cannot leave Tao.

The master cautions:

"If fish try to completely understand water first, or if birds try to completely understand the sky before they fly, they cannot get the way neither in water nor in the sky."

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