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Tao Te Ching Chapter 79-1
Remaining grudge
When you pacify a big grudge, there is always a remaining grudge. (Ch.79)

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When someone does you harm, what do you think?

"A grudge? Of course, not. I am a perfect Taoist. How can I possibly hold a grudge?"

Well, if it is the case, fine. No problem.

But if you hold a grudge, do you have to feel guilty about it?

No. Of course, not.

It is not ideal to hold a big grudge.

You may try to "pacify" it.

But if you cannot get rid of it completely, don't worry.

Just be content with the "remaining grudge".

That's what Lao Tzu is teaching us here.

Feelings do not belong to us.

Whether it is a grudge or something else, our feelings are part of the hologram, which is waiting to be accepted.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 79-2
Good grudge
How can you call it good? (Ch.79)

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You have successfully suppressed your "big grudge".

You are happy about the power of your will.

Then, you notice that a tiny "remaining grudge" is creeping into your


"How can you call it good?"

Lao Tzu describes the situation with a rhetorical question.

He is saying that, if you are bothered because of the fact that you are not able to erase your "remaining grudge", it is not good.

Since your own self does not belong to you, your own feelings do not belong to you, either.

Your grudge is like the clouds in the sky.

The best attitude to face any bitter feelings like a grudge is to accept them while saying:

"Welcome, my grudge. Enjoy staying with me."

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 79-3
Contract without payment
That's why the sage takes the contract, but doesn't ask the person to pay.


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In this sentence, "the contract" symbolizes the feelings and thoughts, particularly desire, in a hologram.

"The payment", the fulfillment of them.

Let's make a few things clear.

1. Your feelings and thoughts do not belong to you.

2. They are attached to the hologram.

3. You project the hologram, but don't control it. (☞See Inmo and No mind 49-10)

Now, we are ready to discuss desire.

Desire doesn't belong to you, so you don't have to feel ashamed whatever your desire is.

You should not judge.

Nevertheless, acting directly to fulfill the desire is another thing.

It is worse if you lament the failure of the fulfillment or hold a grudge.

It creates the mental short circuit and blocks the natural flow of Tao. (☞See Brambles 30-3)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 79-4
No favoritism
Heaven's Tao has no favoritism. It is

always on the side of a good person.


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"Heaven" means your hologram as the word "sky" does.

So, Heaven's Tao signifies Tao's energy inside all the beings in the hologram.

In other words, it is Hossho 法性, the nature of manifestation. (See Hossho stays low 76-9)

Tao does not judge.

It seems that the limited capacity of human beings judge.

Tao's energy inside your hologram has no favoritism.

There is neither good nor bad in Tao.

Then, what does "a good person" mean?

"A good person" means you.

True You are Tao.

Therefore, only you can sustain the Tao/hologram mechanism, Shin 心.

Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida 西田幾多郎 (1870 - 1945) says:

"Practically speaking, we have only one true Good, which is to find out the true Self. That's all."

(translated by Naoto Matsumoto; Book III, Chapter 13, The Perfect Good Action, «A Study of the Good 善の研究» See A study of the Good 49-3 and Goodness 49-5)


What is the true Self?

"It is the true body of the cosmos", Nishida answers. (Ditto)

The true body of the cosmos is the Tao/hologram mechanism, Shin


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