Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 29

A god’s vessel

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  29-1 Obtain the world
  29-2 A god's vessel
  29-3 Defeat it
  29-4 If you stick to it
  29-5 Lead
  29-6 Blow gently
  29-7 Judo
  29-8 Maximum = Minimum
  29-9 Imbalance
  29-10 Luxury
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 29]  A god’s vessel / English translation

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Precisely if you want to obtain the world under the sky and do anything to it, I know you will never attain it.

The world under the sky is a god's vessel. Don't do anything to it.

If you do something to it, you will defeat it.

If you stick to it, you will lose it.

Some things lead. Some follow.

Some blow gently. Some blow hard.

Some are strong. Some are weak.

Some grow. Some break.

Therefore, the sage stays away from (leaves) imbalance.

He stays away from (leaves) excessive luxury.

He stays away from (leaves) arrogance.



<POINT> The world under the sky is a god's vessel, which is your hologram you create.

If you want to control your hologram (=the world under the sky), don't act on it directly because it is often counterproductive.

Your hologram is created by you. A god's vessel is your vessel because you are a god, because you are Tao. You may wonder how you can control it. By doing nothing, you can transform your hologram (=the world) through Dark Depth (=Tao). Doing nothing means accepting all. This attitude is called Dark Depth Female.

If you do something directly to a hologram, you will block the fundamental energy to it. Acting directly means refusing the world before you (=your hologram). It is exactly like resistance in electricity. As you increase resistance, less energy circulates. Then, the lamp (=your hologram) doesn't light up.

"Sticking to it" indicates obsession. It is another form of refusal. You refuse to accept change. A god's vessel (=your hologram) changes constantly. It is a living prayer wheel. Let it turn around ceaselessly. If you "stick" to something there, you block its rotation. If it doesn't turn around, it will lose its raison d'être.

Some lead change. Others follow its change. Since change (=the rotation of the living prayer wheel) is its raison d'être. Leave them alone. Let the wheel go around.

When some blow hard, others blow gently. That's how the world look for balance. If you want to hit something hard, touch it gently. That's the hardest way. That's how Dark Depth Female works.

If you want to be strong, be weak.

If you are too obsessed with making something bigger, you are going to break it. Is this contradictory? Yes, but we know very well that there are plenty of examples of this in life.

Therefore, you should always try to be natural. Be like water. This attitude will lead you to equilibrium.

Avoid any kind of excess.

Don't be arrogant. (As for the translation of "stays away from / leaves", please see Tao by Matsumoto video blog 29-11 Arrogance)

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-Chapter 8 Be like water. "The highest good is like water. Water benefits all the material beings very well, and doesn't contend", says Lao Tzu.

-Chapter 32 Nameless. "Tao is constantly nameless". The moment you call it Tao, you change

something there. Words are not good enough.

-Chapter 11 Thirty spokes one hub. The Kanji / Chinese character 器 [ki / utsuwa / qì] signifies a vessel, a tool, and the capacity of a person among others. In Chapter 11 / 30 spokes 1 hub, it is translated as a cup.

-Chapter 80 Small country. In Chapter 80 / Small Country, the character 器 is translated as a vessel, which symbolizes a hologram.

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