Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 78-4 Be weak
The weak beats the strong. (Ch.78)
What is true strength?
If you are truly strong, what do you look like?
If you are genuinely strong, you look like a fool.
True strength is the capacity to accept all.
Fighting like a man against injustice is a useless resistance.
Resistance is a form of being lost in Mayoi.
It is a refusal to accept all.
A man who looks like a fool can accept all.
A famous Chinese painter and calligrapher, Tei Hankyou / Zheng Banqiao 鄭板橋 (1693-1765) liked to draw the phrase:
"It is difficult to be a fool 難得糊塗".
But if you follow Tao, nothing is difficult because you are happy to be as weak as a fool without resistance.
-Water summary 78-1
-Water's attack 78-2
-No change 78-3
-Be weak 78-4
-Be soft 78-5
-Everyone = You 78-6
-No one acts 78-7
-State filth 78-8
-Bad omens 78-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 78
Lao Tzu answers your question!
☞«Tao Te Ching» Key word comparison (23) / -A famous proverb "Soften the light. Be like dust. 和光同塵" - Let's see how they translate 挫其鋭 解其紛 和其光 同其塵 in Chapter 4. The identical sentences are repeated in Chapter 56. In Tao by Matsumoto, these are discussed in Chapter 56 / How to be One with Tao. / "It blunts rough edges, untangles the knots, diffuses the glare, at one with the dust of the world." On the left, «Tao Te Ching: A New Translation» translated by Sam Hamill. / "It blunts sharp edges, Unties all tangles; It sofens the glare And blends with the dust." On the right, «Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching» translated by Keith Seddon.