Sunday, June 13, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-1 High samurai
When a high man hears about Tao, he tries hard to do it. (Ch.40)
上 [jo]: high
士 [shi]: man, samurai
In Japanese, this word 士 [shi] has a special connotation.
When you say 武士 [bushi], he is a samurai with swords.
When you say 文士 [bunshi], he is a samurai with pens. He uses a pen instead of a sword to fight.
Are you a seeker of Truth?
Are you a true seeker of Tao?
Everyone is kind of a samurai of life in his own way.
We simply try hard to attain something; Tao or Satori.
It is exactly because of that we will never get it.
Seeking Satori like a samurai is a mental Hara kiri.
-High samurai 40-1
-Samurai in doubt 40-2
-Laughable Tao 40-3
-If not laughable 40-4
-Chien yen? 40-5
-Evident = Vague 40-6
-Advance = Retreat 40-7
-Smooth = Tangled 40-8
-Highest attainment = Valley 40-9
-White = Black 40-13
-Square without corners 40-14
-No completion 40-15
-No voice 40-16
-No form 40-17
-Hidden with no name 40-18
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 40
Tao answers your question!
-The word "Samurai" somehow fascinates the Japanese. All of them want to embrace the values of samurai although their population represented 10% of the Japanese population at most. The majority of the islanders in this floating world had nothing to do with severe reasonings of world-famous warriors.