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Tao Te Ching Chapter 63-1
Decoding a riddle
Act no action.


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When you try to find some answers in Oriental philosophy, aren't you a little tired of confronting this type of contradiction?

Please forgive Lao Tzu and Zen masters for not being helpful


It is not their fault.

They are just trying to be honest.

We have not only the barrier between the languages but also the lapse of time.

So, we need a decoding which is sometimes too audacious for academic study.

We need it in order to live his teachings in real life.

The sentence above means:

"Accept everything as it is".

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Kaibara, Ekiken and Kaibara, Ekken are the same Samurai (1630 - 1714). His name is written 貝原益軒 in Japanese. He was known as a Confucianist and natural historian, and wrote the book «Yojokun» on the left at the age of 83. "Yojo" means care, and the title of the book can be interpreted as "the instructions for keeping healthy". On the right, «The philosophy of Qi» is the translation of Ekiken's «Taigiroku», the Record of Great Doubts.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 63-2
No work
Work no work.


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Lao Tzu was not against work.

"Work" here means "interference".

Then, what does it mean, "Interfere no interference"?

Is he forbidding interference?

Yes and no.

Yes, in the sense of a direct intervention. You must not interfere.

No, in the sense of Tao.

You can "influence" your hologram (=the world) by not trying to interfere with it.

It is called Dark Depth Female, 玄牝 [gen pi].

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 63-3
No taste
Taste no taste.


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Please don't think this sentence means that you must not taste any.

Instead of "not tasting any taste", it suggests tasting a taste of "no taste".

Like some other expressions in Taoism, "no taste" means emptiness, which means Tao.

So, Today's Tao sentence can be interpreted as:

"Accept all and swallow the energy of Tao".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 63-4
Small = Big
The small is big. The few is many. (Ch. 63)

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Can you accept that

the world is your hologram?

All right.

Then, what is the biggest thing of all?

Well, it's you logically because you are the one who projects it.

What is the second biggest?

Your brains.

What's next?

Your body.

The next?

Your room or the space around you.

The closer, the bigger.

The order in size is upside down.

So is the order in number.

Haven't you considered that your own self is the smallest?

Love the biggest being of all, which is Tao, that is to say, true You.

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