Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 36

Reverse way

Watch the whole chapter 36 without hustle!
Video Playlist @YouTube

  36-1 Stretch = Shrink
  36-2 Weak = Strong
  36-3 Decline = Prosperity
  36-4 Give = Take
  36-5 Mini enlightenment
  36-6 Soft Tao
  36-7 Fish and Water
  36-8 Useful toolhttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL138B4410C79A5CD1http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL138B4410C79A5CD1http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3601.html#G+_buttonhttp://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3601.html#widget10http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3601.html#widget6http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3601.html#widget11http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3605.html#G+_buttonhttp://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3605.html#widget10http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3605.html#widget6http://taotechingdecoded.com/31to40/3605.html#widget11shapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1shapeimage_6_link_2shapeimage_6_link_3shapeimage_6_link_4shapeimage_6_link_5shapeimage_6_link_6shapeimage_6_link_7shapeimage_6_link_8shapeimage_6_link_9

  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 36]  Reverse way / English translation

Click the line to watch the related video.

If you want to shrink something, you must stretch it for a while.

If you want to weaken something, you must strengthen it for a while.

If you want to make something go down, you must have it flourish for a while.

If you want to take something, you must give it for a while.

This is called minute enlightenment.

The soft and weak beat the tough and strong.

A fish had better not leave the deep water.

You must not show anyone the useful tool to govern the nation.



Think the other way round. If you want to concentrate on something, try to do various things. This reverse way will bring you back to the state of Bumo misho izen (=Tao, =the state before things are projected in your hologram). While you are stretching something, you will see it shrinking. This approach is called Dark Depth Female. Reverse Thinking is part of it.

Weak is strong. After all, it is your judgement. You have to know that it is your hologram you project in your mind.

Decline is prosperity. They are the same thing. They are exactly like both sides of a coin. Like favor and disgrace discussed in Chapter 13, the change between decline and prosperity exists in order to stimulate you to emit more of the fundamental energy Tao.

When you give something to someone, from his point of view, it is taking it. "Give" and "take" are clearly the two sides of a coin. When you want to take something, give something else to someone. An odd Japanese proverb says, "When the wind blows, a cooper gains". This mystic chain reaction takes place, in fact, in your hologram. The more you doubt, the more resistance you create. Then, the chain of the reactions will be longer.

This is "minute" enlightenment, small enlightenment. Why small? Because, if you use this Dark Depth Female for your own profit, it shows that you are not completely happy about what it is in your world. You are still refusing to accept the world as it is. All right. It is better. You are not confronting and fighting against your hologram. But, evidently, it is much better if you accept it without resistance.

Don't be tough. Don't be strong. They are the opposite way to do Dark Depth Female. Being soft and weak is much closer to it.

"A fish" is your own self. "The deep water" is your hologram. Your own self is part of it. This could be a concept a little difficult to accept. But, if you can, you won't have to worry about your feelings any more. Interestingly, Japanese Zen Master Dogen uses the same metaphor when he explains how holography works.

"The useful tool" means, of course, Dark Depth Female, or the reverse way. "The nation" suggests your hologram. The best way is to accept your hologram (=the world) completely. But, if you have an unquenchable desire to control it, there is a way. It is Dark Depth Female. By using it, you can transform your hologram. Then, be aware that, if you express your using Dark Depth Female in the hologram (=the world), it will cause sort of a mental short circuit.

  [Related Articles]


Did Akira Kurosawa challenge William Shakespeare? Or did he just try to use one of the masterpieces by the giant in English literature? Kurosawa's «Throne of Blood / Kumonosu jo/ The Castle of Spider Nets» is based on «Macbeth». Besides, please watch the dance of Lady Macbeth / Washizu Asaji (Isuzu Yamada). The choreography is inspired by Noh, a Japanese traditional theatre. Sir William, do you like the film?  蜘蛛巣城  鷲津浅茅  能

Quick guide > Tao Te Ching translation > Chapter 36 Reverse way

« Previous                              Quick guide                                  Next »

Is it possible to translate a Haiku or a Tanka into English? Why not? If you can translate Baseball ("Yakyu" in Japanese) into Japanese, translating a Haiku is a piece of cake. Shiki Masaoka, one of the greatest poets of modern Haiku and Tanka, is the one who translated the game of baseball into Japanese. Without Shiki, no Ichiro (Ichiro Suzuki, currently playing for Seattle Mariners, holds the Major League Baseball record for most hits in a single season).  俳句  短歌  野球  正岡子規  イチロー