Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 77

No excess

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  77-1 Bend a bow
  77-2 Suppress doubt?
  77-3 Raise Hossho?
  77-4 No excess / Why does history repeat itself?
  77-5 Lack & Supply
  77-6 Nirvana / Reduced excess & Supplied lack
  77-7 Man's self
  77-8 Rich man's excess
  77-9 Love & Excess
  77-10 Attachment
  77-11 After life / Task successfully accomplished
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 77]  No excess / English translation

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Heaven's Tao is like bending a bow!

It suppresses a high one.

It raises a low one.

It reduces excess.

It supplies what is lacking.

Heaven's Tao reduces excess and supplies what it lacking.

Man's Tao is not like that.

It reduces what is already lacking and gives it to those who have excess.

Who can have excess and give it to the world under the sky? Only those with Tao can.

Therefore, although something is done, the sage doesn't rely on it.

Although his great tasks are (successfully) accomplished, he doesn't stay there.

He doesn't want to show off his superiority.



"Heaven" suggests your hologram. Tao's manifestation in your hologram functions "like bending a bow". In other words, it follows the principle of Dark Depth Female.

Tao pushes down something high.

Tao pushes up something low.

If something is excessive, Tao reduces it.

If something is lacking, Tao supplies it.

Tao manifests itself in your hologram, by reducing something excessive and supplying something lacking. This mechanism (=attitude) is called Dark Depth Female.

"Man" suggests your own self. It is part of your hologram and doesn't belong to you. Your own self sometimes doesn't respect Tao's rules. That's the moment you feel frustrated.

In your own self, or your ego, you reduce what is already lacking and increase what is excessive. This is typically recognizable in man's economic activity.

You should avoid excess. Or rather, reduce and reduce everything. (☞See Chapter 48 Reduce and reduce) "The world under the sky" signifies your hologram. So, be generous to the rest of the world (=your hologram). If you are generous enough to be completely detached from the world, you are one with Tao. More precisely, you can remember that you are one with Tao.

Therefore, don't "rely on" anything in your hologram. Avoid being attached to it. (☞See Chapter 2 Do not judge. There is an identical sentence: "Though something is done, he does not rely on it.")

You don't have to be successful in your hologram. After all, it is an illusion. (☞See Chapter 2 Do not judge. There is an identical sentence: "Though his great tasks are accomplished, he does not stay there.")

Everything is one. You have no one to compare yourself with. You don't have to be better than others. In fact, it is impossible to so if everything is one.

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