Sunday, June 27, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-15 No completion
Big's vessel will never be completed. (Ch.40)
大器晩成 [tai ki ban sei]
This is one of the best known expressions in Tao Te Ching among the Japanese.
It is a pity that modern Japanese have lost its true meaning.
Nowadays, when they use the expression 大器晩成 [tai ki ban sei],
"a man of big caliber matures late."
It has nothing to do with Lao Tzu's philosophy.
In Tao, there is neither beginning nor end.
There is no time.
So, everything is forever.
Nothing is completed.
Therefore everything is perfect.
-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!
-An old film maker who never gets old! Shohei Imamura's spirit never gets old. Watch these two movies. Lust is the source of life. We have been thinking so in Japan. And we will keep believing so. Under the mask of social pretence, lust sends us the message of nature. Why do we have to fight to suppress it. Well, you will be excused if you blush when you find out what warm water means, though.