Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 69


Watch the whole chapter 69 without hustle!
Video Playlist @YouTube

  69-1 Use of arms
  69-2 Be passive
  69-3 Retreat
  69-4 Advance without advancing
  69-5 Underestimating the enemy
  69-6 Lost treasures
  69-7 Love winshttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E3F4766AFC96C08http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E3F4766AFC96C08http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#G+_buttonhttp://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget12http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget7http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget13http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget14http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget18http://taotechingdecoded.com/61to70/6901.html#widget20shapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1shapeimage_5_link_2shapeimage_5_link_3shapeimage_5_link_4shapeimage_5_link_5shapeimage_5_link_6shapeimage_5_link_7shapeimage_5_link_8

  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 69]  Enemy / English translation

Click the line to watch the related video.

There is a saying when you use arms.

Our side dare not be active, but be passive.

Our side dare not advance one inch, but retreat one foot.

This is called advancing without advancing, rolling up the sleeves of no arm, taking up no arms, and pulling in no enemy.

No disaster is as big as underestimating the enemy.

If you underestimate the enemy, you have almost lost my treasures.

Therefore, if two facing armies look like each other, the one sending Love wins.



"Arms" symbolizes your hologram. There is a useful teaching in handling your hologram.

Don't be active. Be passive. Use Dark Depth Female.

Don't advance. Return to Tao.

Advance no advancement. Roll up the sleeve of no arm. They sound like a Zen koan, and mean: "Do not act". Both arms and enemies are part of your hologram. Why do you have to use it to damage itself? It doesn't make sense.

Respect "the enemy" because it is part of your hologram.

"My treasures" are sending Love, accepting all, and not trying to control any. (☞See Chapter 67 Sending Love) If you don't respect your hologram, which includes "the enemy", you cannot use your three "treasures". In other words, by respecting the enemy, or all others, you can send them Love, accept all of them, and avoid controlling them.

"Two facing armies" suggests you and non-you, or yourself under your control and yourself beyond your control. You and non-you are, after all, the same thing. Both of them are your own self, which is not true You but constitutes your hologram. Therefore, they "look like each other". You and non-you are there as a catalyst to give you opportunities to send Love, that is to say, to emit the fundamental energy Tao.

  [Related Articles]


The book on the left is «The Way of the Living Sword / Heiho kadensho» by Yagyu, Munenori. Yagyu, an excellent samurai swordsman, was a friend of Zen Master Takuan, the author of «The Unfettered Mind». The one on the right is «The Art of War» written by Sun Tzu probably in the 6th century BC.  柳生宗矩「兵法家伝書」 沢庵禅師  孫子

-Chapter 22 Return to Tao. The word "return" and "go back" are very important in Taoism. In this context, the last sentence in this chapter suggests that (by thinking the other way round,) you can return your hologram to the state where it was created.

-Taoism videos / Chapter 69 1-7 Advance

Quick guide > Tao Te Ching translation > Chapter 69 Enemy

« Previous                              Quick guide                                  Next »

Lao Tzu was born in the 6th century BC (although some suspect that Lao Tzu might have been a name for the collection of wisdom in ancient China). Dogen, in 1200. Ikkyu, in 1394. Takuan, in 1573. William Shakespeare was nine years senior to Takuan Soho, whose commentaries on Tao Te Ching (the book on the right / «Roshi kowa» in English) are useful to the "modern" mind.  老子  道元  一休  沢庵  沢庵宗彭  老子講話