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A. Fortune


When the government is dark and obscure, the people are naive.

Lao Tzu thinks: "The less visible the government is, the close to Tao the people are".

Don't be disturbed by "the government" or "the people" inside your TV set.

They are part of your hologram.

When the hologram looks "dark and obscure", that is to say, when you don't pay attention to it, you are "naive" and innocent like a baby.

Then, you have no doubt that you are one with Tao.

When the government is brilliant, the people are imperfect.

In other words, "When the government is obscure, or less visible, the people are perfect."

This political irony seems applicable as it is to real life, but let's go a little farther.

Forget realpolitik. Politics is part of your hologram, remember? If you truly accept that "the government" and "the people" are part of the hologram, you can see them differently.

Lao Tzu is saying that, when the hologram is "brilliant", it is "imperfect".

Don't shine.

Be like dust. (☞See Chapter 56 How to be One with Tao, Lao Tzu says "Be like dust." in there. See also Kanshiketsu / Like dust 56-7.)

If your life (or your world) is unnecessarily dazzling, it is about time you asked yourself what its function is.

The life (or the world), which is your hologram, is a catalyst.

Its sole function is to stimulate you to emit more Love (=the fundamental energy Tao. Tao emits the hologram to stimulate True You, which is Tao. Tao stimulates Tao to emit more energy of Tao).

Fortune leans on misfortune.

"Fortune and misfortune are neighbors", some people say.

They are the two sides of the same coin.

There is an interesting story about this fact of life.

Please watch the video blog Favor 13-4.

There we discuss a story called "Sai ou ga Uma 塞翁が馬" [Sa Ong Ji Ma 塞翁之馬], which means «Old Sai's horse». It is a well-known proverb in Japan from the Chinese philosophical classic Enanji 淮南子 [Huainanzi].

This old man Sai always say "You never know" and he doesn't judge any.

Misfortune hides in fortune.

Why did the old Sai say "you never know" all the time?

Let's answer the question step by step.

First. What is Tao? It is the constant change of the energy flow (which is True You). It needs to change.

Second. In order to create and stimulate the change of the flow, we have holograms as catalyst.

Third. Tao creates a hologram, and the hologram stimulates Tao. This is what the Yin Yang cycle represents.

Fourth. Fortune and misfortune are part of the hologram. To maintain the cycle, fortune seems to provoke misfortune, and vice versa.

In Tao, there is neither time nor space. Therefore fortune and misfortune are the same. There is no use interpreting a catalyst (=your hologram, =the world) as fortune or misfortune.

No one knows the end of this cycle.

Fortune and misfortune, Yin and Yang, Tao and holograms; all of them are the same, the same eternal cycle. (☞See Chapter 59 Attainment and cycle)

This cycle is the prayer wheel and the wheel of Buddha's manifestation (=Horin 法輪). Your life and the world is the prayer wheel. (☞As for Horin, see Tao's flower 38-14)

Certainly, no one knows its end because there is no end.

No one knows its beginning, either, because there is no beginning.

That's the reason why Buddhists say: "No life, no end of life / 不生不滅 [fusho fumetsu]". In other words, we are living in the eternal cycle. It is the constant Big Bang, the constant beginning. (☞As for "No life, no end of life / 不生不滅 [fusho fumetsu]", see Live eternally 59-8)

Fortune and misfortune are one. Yin and Yang are one. Tao and a hologram are one.

A question arises. Why do they appear different?

The answer is: "In order to give us an opportunity to remember that they are one".

If you remember this, your spiritual quest is over (or you will remember that you don't have to leave for the quest from the beginning).

Start = Goal.

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