Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 56

How to be One with Tao

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  56-1 Don't say
  56-2 One who knows
  56-3 Block the openings
  56-4 Be dull
  56-5 Untangled
  56-6 Soft light
  56-7 Kanshiketsu / Like dust
  56-8 One with Dark Depth
  56-9 Closer to Tao
  56-10 Staying away?
  56-11 Benefit
  56-12 Harm?
  56-13 Ennoble it?
  56-14 Debase it?
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 56] How to be with Tao / English translation

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One who knows does not say.

One who says does not know.

Block the openings. Close the gate.

Dull the sharpness.

Untangle the entanglement.

Soften the light.

Be like dust.

This is called being one with Dark Depth.

Therefore, you cannot get close to it.

You cannot stay away from it.

You cannot give benefit to it.

You cannot do it harm.

You cannot ennoble it.

You cannot debase it.

Therefore, it is the noblest in the world.



<POINT> 玄同 ([hsüan tong / xuán tóng] in Chinese; [gen do] in Japanese) means «to be one with Dark Depth», that is to say, «to be one with Tao».

One who knows does not say.

One who says does not know.

Tao Te Ching is a manual of life. Don't see. Don't hear. Don't say. Shut down your sensory mechanism as much as possible in order not to be misled or distracted.

Dull the sharpness.

Untangle the entanglements.

You don't need to shine.

Try to be the least important being. Don't feed your ego. Be like dust or an [excrement] scraper.

Remember you are Tao. Don't worry.

Therefore, there is no point trying to get closer to Tao because you are the one.

So, you cannot stay away from Tao.

Tao is not material. It has nothing to do with benefit.

It has nothing to do with damage, either.

Tao is beyond human values. You cannot ennoble it.

You cannot debase it, either.

Therefore, Tao is the only existence.

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-56a Nikko's 3 monkeys

    Don't see. Don't hear. Don't say. Nikko Toshogu shrine's three monkeys will tell you a wise attitude of Dark Depth Female.

    If you stay at a Tokyo hotel, it is worth visiting Nikko. It is not too far. You can take the train for Nikko at Asakusa station. It will make a nice day trip.

    But, be prepared! There is a little surprise.

-56b Be like Dust

    Soften the light. Be like dust. There is a Japanese university named after the former.

    There are so many schools where you learn to excel, but there are few ones where they teach you how not to be prominent.

    The founder of the university deserves our respect for his audacity to pick out the name ignoring the commercial side of the educational industry.

    Please share the wisdom with him.

-56c Dark Depth

    If you don't have much time, read Chapter 1 Gateway to Tao. The chapter says all Lao Tzu wants to tell you. Don't complicate your life by analyzing and interpreting his words. Go for the essential.

    But, at the very last sentence of Chapter 1, there is a word with which you may have a bit of difficulty to understand what it means. It is Dark Depth.

    In Chapter 1, the word is explained as a synonym of Tao, but what it means really? Read this article.

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