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B. Big is small


The small is big. The few is many.

If you accept the fact that the world is your hologram, what's going to happen to you?

Since everything in your hologram is projected in your head, the biggest thing of all is, logically, you.

Then, the second biggest thing will be, well, your brains.

What is going to happen is that the order in size will be upside down...

What is the biggest thing to you, according to our conventional way of thinking?

The universe, probably.

The planet is much smaller than that, isn't it?

The oceans must be smaller than the planet. Otherwise, the water will overflow.

Our seemingly right order of size may be as follows:

The universe > the planet > the world > media > state > society > your house or room > friends and families > your body > your mind

Once you have accepted the fact that you cannot comprehend anything without (re)creating "the world" in your brains, the order will be completely transformed.

You (=Tao) > your so-called Self > your brains > the space around you > your friends and families > society > state > media > so-called world affairs

(☞See Chapter 5b What's a Hologram and [Practical uses] Reverse Thinking)

The concept of the universe, the planet, and the world will disappear because one can never see it unless he is wealthy enough to buy a ticket to a space tour. You don't have to be jealous of those who can afford to do it.

On the contrary, isn't it ridiculous to pay so much just to see something so trifle? The outer space is, in fact, the small corner of your mind, according to Taoism and Buddhism.

Aren't you bothered or upset every time you see on TV what is happening around the world: atrocities, cruelties, natural and financial disasters, and the defeat of your favorite football team?

Why don't we keep those miseries in the small box or the flat one and love the scenery in front of us or the person next to us? Above all, why don't we love ourselves, which are the biggest of all?

Love one instead of resenting him.

When someone has done you an injury, it is difficult to love him. It is absolutely natural.

But, wait a second and think about who he is, the person who has done you harm. It is, in fact, you. (☞See Chapter 3b You and non-you for the explanation.) So, it is as if you were upset with yourself. Useless.

The damage he has done to you is just a catalyst. If so, isn't it wise to emit the fundamental energy, following its purpose? This will change your hologram. It will do him good. Having done its role, the catalyst will change the form.

Love him, instead of resenting him. Think that resentment is resistance and love is the emission of the energy.

Plan complicated things while they are easy.

You will certainly agree even if you take the sentence as it is. Nevertheless, it is a pity if you remain there and miss a good opportunity to deepen your understanding about Taoism and Zen Buddhism.

When is exactly "while they are easy"?

It is before things are created, or your hologram is projected. In short, it is Bumo-misho-izen. (☞See also Chapter 63a Work no work)

Therefore, that sentence can be decoded as "No matter how complicated your life seems, it is your hologram that you project thanks to the energy of Tao". Bumo-misho-izen means Tao.

Time is not an absolute existence outside our brains. It is a device which helps our mind to arrange and comprehend the projected hologram. So, please don't mistake the word "before" for "in advance" literally.

Generally in Buddhism, including Zen, they use many Hoben, which were originally invented to help us understand its teaching.

Nonetheless, they sometimes cause us to misunderstand it. Heaven and hell in Buddhism is one of those.

It seems that Master Dogen had to overcome the incapacity of words with plenty of difficulty. When Lao Tzu tried to fix in words the elusive concept of Taoism, he was also bothered by the contradiction of describing something indescribable. The very first sentence of Tao Te Ching shows it.

In this chapter, it writes "Before your father and mother were born (Bumo-misho-izen)", but it means "Here and now".

Do big things while they are minuscule.

It can be interpreted the same way as the sentence before. But, if you can, you can go a step further.

If you can accept the fact that the world is a hologram projected by you, you may agree that you are the one who "controls" the world.

So, no matter how big your dream seems, you can accomplish it because it is your hologram that you project thanks to the energy of Love (=Tao). Of course, only if you can completely believe the mechanism of holography.

If you doubt it, the thought will interfere the circulation of the energy and be immediately projected in your hologram. Unfortunately, your dream will not come true as you wish.

To tell you the truth, your dream won't be realized while you are craving  its realization. Then, why don't you try the reverse thinking?

Instead of wishing, you can begin by thinking, "You don't need any dreams to materialize". The reality you are facing here and now has no defects. The world is too perfect to improve.

In Far East, when you add something to the thing that is already perfect, we call it "Snake feet (蛇足 [dasoku] in Japanese / One day in China, a man drew a perfect snake. He was so content that he added feet to the snake, and someone else won the prize)".

Complicated things in the world must be created in the easy.

This sentence can also be understood as a conventional epigram. If you can decode it from the point of view of Taoism, it will taste much richer.

If you find the word "world" in Tao Te Ching, you can often replace it with "your hologram" automatically.

Lao Tzu wants to say here, "Complicated things in your hologram are the manifestation of the simplest thing called Tao".

Tao is the most fundamental of all, therefore, the simplest. Many people say that it is difficult to understand this idea, but it is not true.

Tao is very simple. If you can simply accept it, you can understand it easily.

Let's reverse the way we think, shall we?

The big is small and the small is big.

Judo 柔道, or the way of Yawara やわらの道 as we used to call it in Japan, means "Soft Tao". It was regarded as the way for the soft to beat the hard. In other words, Judo was the way a small player beats the bigger one.

It is a pity that they have sold their soul to adapt themselves to modern life and adopted divisions according to a player's weight.

Dividing is an act far away from Taoism. It is anything but being soft.

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