Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 34

Tao’s state

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  34-2 No exclusion
  34-3 Tao's task
  34-4 Love = Tao
  34-5 Small
  34-6 Big's chaos
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 34]  Tao’s state / English translation

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Big Tao is like flooded water, going left and right, and all over.

Thanks to Tao, everything appears. It doesn't exclude anything.

Tao accomplishes its tasks and has no name.

Tao loves and raises everything, but doesn't try to be its master.

Tao never has any desire, so we can name it Small.

All go back to Tao, but it doesn't try to be their master, so we can call it Big.

Therefore, the sage can achieve this Big because he never tries to be Big. Thus, he can achieve this Big.



Tao is omnipresent. You find it at any part of the world (=your hologram).

The fundamental energy Tao creates your hologram. Everything is a manifestation of Tao. That's why we must not judge any. Accept all as they are.

Tao's task is to exist. To do so, it needs the constant recreation of itself. To describe this, we use the metaphor of Yin Yang circle. The world is a hologram, which is a catalyst to keep the circle (=Tao the fundamental energy) turning around. The thing with a name belong to the hologram. Tao doesn't. It refuses any name, even the name "Tao".

Tao is love. They are two names for the same energy. This energy creates itself constantly. "Everything" in the world is a hologram and catalyst, which Tao "raises" in order to stimulate itself for its constant recreation (=reincarnation). Nevertheless, Tao doesn't control your hologram. It is just its source. You are the one who controls your hologram, and are part of it.

Tao doesn't have any idea, not to mention intention. It is not something like destiny that controls your life. Tao is the fundamental energy. You use the energy to project your hologram (=the world), so you are the one who creates your destiny. In this sense, Tao doesn't have the least control over anything, so let's call it Small.

"Everything" is your hologram, which comes out of Tao. Having accomplished its task as a catalyst to stimulate you to emit more of the fundamental energy (=Tao, =Love), your hologram goes back to Tao, where everything is in the state before it has a form. It is kind of a neutral state. It is the chaos that is the origin of everything, where even time and space don't exist. Tao includes all, so let's call it Big.

Therefore, you can be one with Tao by never trying to be one with Tao. This explains very well why one cannot achieve Satori while he retains the wish to do so. If you understand how Tao functions, it is easy to be one with Tao. By not having any intention to control anything, you can minimize your resistance. Then the transformation of your hologram will be accelerated to the maximum. Your "self", which is a hologram, will go back to Tao, where everything is in the state before it is projected.

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-Chapter 25 Manifestation. Tao turns around like a prayer wheel in a Tibetan temples.

-Chapter 35 Big's image. Big is a nickname for Tao.

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