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Mu ga (= No Self)

Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-1
Big’s fear
If people are not afraid of fear, Big's fear arrives. (Ch.72)

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Don't be afraid of


Even fear itself.

Fear is part of the world, which is your hologram.

All your feelings belong to the hologram as the clouds in the sky belong to the world.

Isn't it a bit strange to be afraid of the world?

Because you are the one who projects this hologram.

When you accept this world as a hologram, "Big's fear arrives".

Do you remember that "Big" is a nickname to Tao? (☞See Chapter 25 Manifestation)

"Big's fear" suggests the uneasy sensation you feel when you remember that you are always one with Tao.

This uncomfortable feeling of something being missing is very


Zen Master Dogen explains it:

"When the manifestation fills up the body and mind mechanism, it feels that something is missing somehow".


(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)

Since you are perfect, cherish your uneasy "fear" of imperfection.


«Big's completion seems missing something. (Ch.45

See Completion 45-1

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-2
Not satisfied?
If they are not tired

of where they stay, they are not satisfied with where they live. (Ch.72)

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"I am sick and tired of this world!"

Would you like to cry it out once in a while?


Lao Tzu might be happy for you.

Here he is giving you a precious piece of advice:

When you are satisfied with something, you feel "you are sick and tired of it".

This sensation of "being tired" is a good sign that you are detached from the world and not engaged.

How can you be engaged to the world while accepting it as a


In other words, no matter how you feel about this catalytic world, you are in fact satisfied.

Don't judge the level of your satisfaction.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-3
It's simply unsatisfactory. That's why they are not satisfied. (Ch.72)

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A: "Master Bonbon, I am not content. I am not satisfied. What's wrong with me?"

B: "The world is full of injustice. You must do something to change this stupid world. Donate all of your family fortune and meditate for thirty years!"

C'mon, Master Bonbon. You are the stupid one.

Stop your idiocies and listen to what Lao Tzu is telling us here.

Your hologram, which you call this world, is perfect although it seems to you "unsatisfactory" sometimes.

Your judgement causes this.

But don't worry.

Although you are not supposed to judge, there is nothing wrong with your judging things if you cannot help it.

It is part of your hologram.

You just have to know that it is perfectly all right if you are not


It's "Tao's fear", the unsatisfactoriness of perfection.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-4
Mu ga (= No Self) / Know yourself
That's why the sage knows himself and doesn't show himself. (Ch.72)

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"Learn what the Self


This message of Lao Tzu is often repeated in Tao Te Ching.

Not only in Taoism, but also in Zen Buddhism among others, it seems to be a crucial question.

You may have heard all the bla, bla, bla about it and be tired of hearing more.

So let's get straight to the point.

The so-called Self does not exist.

That's why in Zen they say: "無我 [mu ga], No Self".

There is no such a thing as Self. (☞ Compare 無我 [mu ga] at Neighbors 80-11)

What we believe to be Self is part of the collective information (=hologram) that stimulates Tao, which is true You.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-5
Love yourself
He loves himself and doesn't value himself. (Ch.72)

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Is it difficult to abandon the concept of Self?

Yes? All right.

But please be aware that your own self doesn't belong to you.

It is part of your hologram, or the collective information that stimulates Tao.

Lao Tzu is asking you to take two seemingly contradictory attitudes.

Love your own self as part of an important stimulus package to Tao.

Nevertheless, do not value your own self as an independent being because, if you do, you will be stuck in your hologram, in other words, you will forget that true You are Tao.

So, cherish everything, including your own self, while knowing that it is there only to stimulate you to circulate more Love.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 72-6
Take it
Therefore, he leaves that and takes this. (Ch.72)

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First in Chapter 12 Five colors, then in Chapter 38 The highest attainment, and now this is the third time Lao Tzu asks us to leave "that" and take "this". (☞See Not that one, but this one 12-7 and Leave it 38-15)

Then, what are "this" and "that"?

"This" is Tao, which is true You.

And "that" is your hologram, which is the world in front of you, including your own self.

"Leave your hologram and take Tao."

That's what Lao Tzu is saying here.

Watch out. This could be your pitfall.

"Uh, h… The world is my hologram, and Lao Tzu is asking me to

leave the hologram. I know how to do it. I meditate. While meditating I can leave this reality and go into an altered state. This is Satori,



Satori is not an act of looking for a refuge.

Take this reality as a catalyst and cherish "right now right here".

Emit Love and turn the wheel of manifestation (=転法輪 [tenborin]).

Learn: "this = that"!

This is Satori.

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