Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 51


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  51-1 Your birth
  51-2 Attainment
  51-3 They form you
  51-4 Vessel = Hologram
  51-5 Respect Tao
  51-6 Honor Attainment
  51-7 By itself
  51-8 Character
  51-9 Possession
  51-10 Don't rely
  51-11 No subject
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 51]  Attainment / English translation

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Tao gives birth to this.

Attainment raises this.

Things form this.

Vessels complete this.

That's why everything never fails to respect Tao and look up to the attainment.

The respect to Tao, the honor to the attainment.

No one has given them a title or something, but it always so comes about by itself.

Tao gives birth to this, raises this, leads this, takes care of this, gives this a shape, gives this a character, feeds this, and covers this.

Give birth, but don't possess it.

Let it work, but don't rely on it.

Be the chief, but don't control it.

It is called the attainment of Dark Depth.



"Tao gives birth to" you. Tao is true You.

When you attain Dark Depth, or Tao, you grow up. Growing up spiritually means remembering that you are Tao.

"Things form" you. As they say in Zen Buddhism, "You are mountains, rivers, and lands". The objects in your hologram(=the things in the world) define you.

"Vessels" suggest your hologram. Your hologram "completes" you. Your own self, mind and body included, is part of your hologram. You and non-you constitute your hologram, which you project.

Everything in your hologram (=the world) is a manifestation of Tao. It has got a seed of Tao no matter how it looks on its surface. Tao's attainment, or Dark Depth Attainment, is to accept the seed, or the fundamental energy Tao, through the hologram and emit the same energy "back" to Tao. Gratitude is one way to do it. So is love.

Respect Tao. Honor your own ability to attain it, and participate in the process of recycling Tao's energy. In stead of appreciating the fact that you are alive, start living your life in order to love, that is to say, to emit the energy. Gratitude is one of the easiest ways of loving.

The society, which you think exists outside you, in fact exists inside you. You project everything in your mind, so naturally you bring about everything. In other words, everything "comes about by itself".

Tao creates your hologram (=the world). You do it because true You are Tao.

Although you create your hologram (=the world), you should not act directly on it.

Although it works as you like, you should not be attached to it.

Although you project it in your mind, you should not control it.

It is called Dark Depth Attainment.

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