Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 53-7 Thief's luxury
This is called a thief's luxury. (Ch.53)
Lao Tzu teaches us that beautiful clothes, gourmet dinners, and excessive money are "a thief's luxury".
So are a Samue 作務衣 Japanese working kimono, a Kaiseki 懐石 zen dinner, and an Ofuse お布施 donation.
Don't be fooled by either material wealth nor oriental exoticism.
Do not judge them, either.
"A thief's luxury" is part of your hologram, which is a manifestation of Tao.
Therefore, every time we see a wealthy monk or a Zen snob, we should say:
"Thank you for stimulating me to emit more Love."
-No intelligence 53-1
-Flat Tao 53-2
-Clean court 53-3
-Wild field 53-4
-Painted rice cake / Empty granary 53-5
-Too much money 53-6
-Thief's luxury 53-7
-Hologram is not Tao 53-8
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 53
Tao answers your question!
☞Few Japanese can live without an onsen (traditional natural hot spa resort). The onsens play a vital role in literature. Imagine Yasunari Kawabata's «Snow Country» without Yuzawa Onsen in the mountains or Soseki Natsume's «Botchan / Master Darling» deprived of city-based Dogo Onsen!