Monday, April 27, 2009

Tao Te Ching Chapter 28-7 White

Today's Tao

Know its white. (Ch.28)

Please give me some object that is genuinely white.

A thing like this doesn't exist.

"Can I have something perfectly black, please?"

"Excuse me, sir, but we don't have anything like that."


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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 28

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tao said...

You have inspired this:

Naoto said...

Thanks, Mr. Hans-Wolfgang-san. Your blog is interesting as well.

tao said...

Thanks Mr. Naoto-san for your kind and polite response. As I checked just now, that perhaps you could not read, what you had inspired, because of not being able to log in, I will add this post, because it was inspired by your blog:

Blog-Eintrag von Hans-Wolfgang:

ubiquitous throughout all cultures
Power is, according to Lao Tzu’s (Tao Te Ching) Chinese philosophy, perhaps better understood as sense or the invisible spiritual laws in our world (= Tao). This is also shown in the following of excerpt of one of his poems: “The content of the great LIFE (Te) follows the SENSE (Tao). The SENSE (Tao) causes the things, so chaotic, so dark…”.
It’s likely that Charles Dickens was not well versed in the Taoist philosophy when he began his classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities” with the now infamous paraphrased line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The truth is, you don’t have to study Taoism to appreciate the concept of balance. Balance is an inherent aspect of life. It’s ubiquitous throughout all cultures and has been expressed in the wisdom of every language since the dawn of humanity. Words such as “inner peace”, “equilibrium”, “stability”, “homeostasis”, “coherence”, and “steadiness” all speak to the philosophy of Taoism. Lao Tzu just happened to be the first to describe this philosophy – quite eloquently – more than two thousand years ago in his book “Tao Te Ching”. Dickens’s phrase, however, strikes a harmonic chord in the heart of almost everyone, because deep down inside, we know that both good and bad moments can coexist, for better or worse, on any given day and sometimes in the same situation.

Naoto Matsumoto said...

Ubiquity is the key word. Interestingly, in Japan, it is sometimes symbolised by fairly-like spirits called "zashiki warashi", who look like kids and visit your house.

Your comment summarises the essence of Taoism so well.

Can I copy it and place it on the blog? It is a shame that other visitors cannot read it easily?