Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 53

Thief’s luxury

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  53-1 No intelligence
  53-2 Flat Tao
  53-3 Clean court
  53-4 Wild field
  53-5 Painted rice cake / Empty granary
  53-6 Too much money
  53-7 Thief's luxury
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 53]  Thief’s luxury / English translation

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If I have the least intelligence while traveling big Tao, I am fearful of going sideways.

Big Tao is very flat, but people prefer small shortcuts.

The court is very clean.

The field is very wild.

The granary is totally empty.

Some wear a beautiful dress with a sharp sword, tired of eating and drinking, having too much money.

This is called a thief's luxury.

A thief's luxury is not Tao.



Intelligence is misleading. Following Tao doesn't require intelligence. Rather, it is a hindrance.

Following Tao is easy, but some people prefer a more complicated way of living.

Don't judge any even if some are rich.

Don't judge any even if some are poor.

Don't judge any even if some are starving.

Don't judge any even if you face excessive wealth.

After all, "a thief's luxury" is part of your hologram.

Your hologram is a manifestation of Tao, but not Tao itself.

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