Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 22

Return to Tao

 
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  22-1 Twisted
  22-2 Bent
  22-3 Hollow
  22-4 Before parents' birth
  22-5 Shinran / Jodo Buddhism
  22-6 Not "more"
  22-7 Canon
  22-8 Clearly seen
  22-9 Righteousness
  22-10 No bragging
  22-11 No boasting
  22-12 Aikido
  22-13 Empty words
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 22]  Return to Tao / English translation

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Twisted therefore complete.


Bent (like an inchworm) therefore straight.


Hollow therefore filled up.


Worn out therefore new.


Less therefore attained.


More therefore tempted.


That's why the sage holds Tao and is the canon under the sky.



He doesn't show himself. So, he is clearly seen.


He doesn't think he is right. So, his righteousness is visible.


He doesn't brag. So, he is successful.


He doesn't boast. So, he is the best.



Simply, he doesn't compete. That's why no one under the sky can compete with him.


There is an old saying "Twisted therefore complete". How can it be empty words!


Truly, he returns it completely.





  [Paraphrased]

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<POINT> Reverse thinking is the way to return to the fundamental, which is Tao.


«In this chapter, Lao Tzu talks about another form of Reverse thinking, which is discussed in the Practical Use of the chapter 1. This advanced Reverse Thinking is a key to a successful prosecution of Dark Depth Female



If you want to be perfect, be chaotic.


If you want to be straight, bend yourself (like an inchworm).


If you want to be full, empty yourself.


If you want to be new, be old.


By reducing all, we can attain Tao easily.


By increasing any, we will be tempted by so-called success in our hologram, which is just a catalyst and illusion.


You should be One with Tao 玄同. By accepting and loving all, you can remember that you are Tao. "Under the sky" is often read as "the world", which is your hologram. Of course, you are "the sage" and, therefore, "the canon". Another key thing to decode Tao Te Ching is that the word "the sage" means no one but you. It doesn't mean that you are going to be a sage when you have learned something. It is quite important to know that you are already the sage.



It is not necessary at all to impress others. Contradictory as it sounds, it is exactly because of this act of showing nothing you will be recognized. This is the way to use Dark Depth Female.


For the same reason, you don't have to convince anyone. Your righteousness is going to be recognized if you don't think you are right. Besides, what does it mean by being right, anyway? There is neither right nor wrong in Tao.


Bragging is a waste of energy. If you waste your energy, you need more time to transform your hologram (=the world). (Time doesn't exist in Tao, though)


So is boasting. Remember you are always the best. Accept and appreciate the perfect world in front of you. Don't judge it. Just love it.



You had better not compete. Then, no one will defeat you. It is simple enough. Again, we have the expression "under the sky". It means your hologram. It is truly pointless to compete with characters (or images) you create.


"Twisted" = perfect. Chaos is perfection no matter how much we are convinced otherwise. Even modern science has admitted it. Chaos is perfectly organized in a fashion beyond our comprehension, which is very limited. How can we disagree to this?


The word "return" and "go back" are very important in Taoism. In this context, the last sentence in this chapter suggests that (by thinking the other way round,) you can return your hologram to the state where it was created. In Taoism, it is matriarchally called the mother. In Zen Buddhism, it is called Bumo misho izen (Before Father and Mother were born). They mean Tao, which can be also called Buddha, Zen, or Love.

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