Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 4

Tao’s function

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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 4]  Tao’s function / English translation

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Tao functions through nothingness and is not tangible.

Profound, it looks like the origin of everything.

          Dull the sharpness.

          Untangle the entanglements.

          Soften the light.

          Be like dust. (☞Chapter 56 has the four identical sentences.)

Filled, it looks as if it existed.

I don't know who created it.

But it seems that it had created the one who created everything.



Tao is an intangible energy.

It is not a black magic. At every root of a hologram lies this energy.

          Don't be sharp.

          Don't be bothered.

          Don't impress others.

          Be the least important. (☞See Chapter 56 for another interpretation of the four sentences in its context.)

Although things seem to exist and to occupy their space, they are empty.

You create Tao.

Tao has created you, and your brains create in the head the holographic image called «reality».

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