Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 48

Reduce and reduce


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-48a No control, so what?

    You don't have to study. Basta. Why is studying so important? Do they think they are teaching something essential at school?

    In few countries they teach a science based on relativity and quantum physics. In Far East, Tao Te Ching had been one of the most important classics to read along with the works of Confucius for more than a thousand years, but these days some even don't know their names. It is ridiculous to teach Beowulf to Japanese students who can't even speak English.

    Being knowledgeable is being silly, Lao Tzu may want to say. Dogen, a Japanese Zen master said the same thing seven hundred years ago. "You had better not read sutras."

    What is knowledge, any way? We don't know where we store our memories precisely.

    Get rid of the dregs of life, especially the idea that we control our life.

-48b What's "Do nothing" really?

    Doing nothing means accepting the fact that we are doing nothing. We don't even control our body, emotion, or mind. It is about time we stopped bragging we are in control.

    "Do something" has been too highly appreciated in the last century. Look at what we have done to the planet, to ourselves? Have we become happier by running around and doing something?

    It is about time we changed our way of thinking, too.

    By reducing everything, you can reach the state of nothing. It is, in fact, just one step away. It is not something difficult. It is just accepting the simplicity of the world. Nothingness is simple.

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[Tao Te Ching Chapter 48]  Reduce and reduce / English translation

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When you study, you accumulate your knowledge everyday. When you do Tao, you reduce everything everyday.

You reduce and reduce it. Eventually, you reach the state of doing nothing.

By doing nothing, you can do everything.

You always get the world by doing nothing.

If you do something, you will never get the world.



When you study, you accumulate your knowledge everyday. When you do Tao, you reduce everything everyday.

You reduce and reduce it. Eventually, you will have nothing to get rid of. It is the state of doing nothing.

To do nothing means "to remember that we are always doing nothing at all no matter how many things we think in our mind we are doing". This is Satori.

If you can accept that you are doing nothing, you will stop being annoyed and start regarding your hologram as a perfect catalyst.

If you intervene, you will get stuck in your hologram.

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-[Practical uses] Tao Agriculture. Masanobu Fukuoka, an old botanist and winner of an Asian Nobel prize, is nicknamed "Modern-day Lao Tzu. He has worked extensively in Asia and Africa to transform deserts to forests. His idea is quite simple. Instead of interfering Nature, he just leave it alone. He doesn't do anything except a few things. When man started thinking that he can control Nature? He cannot even control his own stock markets. If you really respect Nature, it is very difficult to disagree to him. Please read the article on his revolutionary agriculture which bother all the industrialized farmers.

-Chapter 3 Do nothing. Reducing and reducing eventually leads you to the state of doing nothing.

-Chapter 2b Satori. It is not a hallucination or an altered state. It is more like a way to live.

-Chapter 27 Love all. Love the world and accept all. That's why we are here.

-Chapter 19 Destroy cleverness. "Destroy discernment. Throw away intellect. And people's benefit will be 100 times as much", says Lao Tzu.

-Chapter 22 Return to Tao. The idea of returning is very important in Taoism.

-Chapter 9 Don't stay. "When your task is completed, you retire", says Lao Tzu, but can you renounce your power?

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Japanese botanist Masanobu Fukuoka wrote «The One-Straw Revolution». It is about an agriculture of doing nothing. Don't bother Nature! That's what he wanted to tell us. Zen monk Ryokan was influenced by Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, and Dogen. He was a good poet, and loved Nature and poverty like St. Francis of Assisi.  福岡正信  良寛  老子  荘子  道元

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