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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-10
Don’t tear it!
Therefore, the sage is just, but doesn't tear any. (Ch.58)

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Please remember you are always "just".

Don't "tear" any. You are just if you don't


But, at the same time, you are just even if you judge.

In other words, no matter what you judge, you are not judging anything in fact.

You are doing nothing no matter what you are doing in fact.

Don't "tear" any.

Don't split time and create past, present, and future.

Time will confuse you.

Don't split space and create you and non-you.

The presence of Self will confuse you.

Don't divide something in harmony.

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Amida is everywhere, or at least everywhere in Japan. Ask any Japanese kid if he knows Amida. He will say "yes, he does". But don't ask the kid to draw the image of Amida because you will get confused. He will certainly draw a combination of a few vertical lines and horizontal ones instead of a holy image of Infinite Light's divine visage. Please don't think that Amida's face is too sacred to draw. No. The kid will have just prepared a draw. Instead of using pieces of paper in a hat, the Japanese sometimes draw an amida-kuji, or Amida's lot.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-11
Kyoka (crazy song) hurts
He is pure, but

doesn't hurt anyone. (Ch.58)

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[Shirakawa no kiyoki nagare ni uo sumazu. Moto no nigori no Tanuma koisiki]

(Supposedly composed about 1790 by the Kyoka poet Ota Nanpo 大田南畝 / Ota Shokusanjin 大田蜀山人 although he personally denied


No fish can live in the clear water of White River.

They miss the muddy water of good ole Paddy Pond.

This is a Japanese Kyoka 狂歌, which means "crazy song".

This Kyoka was popular under an austerity policy in the Edo period of Shoguns and samurai.

People could not stand the belt-tightening by the current minister Shirakawa 白河, White River, and were missing the preceding period of corruption governed by the former minister Tanuma 田沼, Paddy


Being pure is not always welcomed in the land of Geisha girls.

Nevertheless, let's be "pure" and courageous enough to tell your «emperor» that he is naked.

After all, everyone is part of your hologram and no one will be hurt.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-12
Straight = Bent
He is straight, but doesn't extend himself. (Ch.58)

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You are "straight", but, please remember, being straight in Taoism is being bent.

Can you see the irony of Lao Tzu here?

The sage is straight and square, but doesn't extend himself to influence others.

Because he knows very well that straightness only exist in his mind, and the rest of the world is his extended self.

Don't doubt that you are always right.

After all, your own self and extended self are part of the hologram.

Uh, do you still want to convince others?

Who are "others"?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-13
Amida (Amitābha) shines
He has light, but doesn't shine. (Ch.58)

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You have light, so you don't have to shine.

You've got the light of Tao (=Love) inside


Have you ever heard of Amida, or Amitābha?

He is also called 無量光仏 [mu ryo ko butsu] "The Buddha of Infinite


He is the light that lights up all the aspects of life.

Don't shine.

Do nothing.

Amida will take care of the rest.

In Buddhism, the concept is called 他力 [tariki], Other-power.

Be like dust. (☞See Chapter 56 How to be One with Tao)

Your inner light will take care of the rest.

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