Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tao Te Ching Chapter 81-8 Sage's Tao

Today's Tao

The sage's Tao acts and doesn't compete. (Ch.81)

Who is the sage?

Of course, you are the one.

Then, who are you?

"Eh, excuse me, sir, which are you talking about, 'true You' or 'your own self'? Self doesn't exist, right?"

That's right.

Self, life, world. They are names given to some groups of information.

They are not independent entities.

"I see. Eh, excuse me, sir. What is 'true I'?"

True You are Tao.

Tao is always "acting without competing", that is to say, projecting a hologram without directly interfering with it.

Tao, Love, Buddha, and Zen among others are names given to the fundamental energy.

"Eh, sir, it is also called nothingness 無 [mu], right?"


Please picture the circulation of an energy with neither time nor space.

What else can you call it but nothingness.

Time and space are parameters used to reconstruct information in "the mind".

In other words, they are names.

"If you can talk about Tao, that Tao is not Tao itself."

This very first line of Tao Te Ching is not saying that it is impossible to understand Taoism logically. No!

It is possible to comprehend Taoism logically.

It is saying that the comprehension itself is part of your hologram.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 81

Lao Tzu answers your question!

«Recommended Books 18» The most important function of a Japanese is making love. It doesn't matter if he is the poorest dropout living in the forests or the most revered priest of Shintoism living in the castle. He or she has got to make love. This could be a hidden heritage from our Polynesian ancestors or a genetic mission imprinted in the deepest recess of our chromosomes. Whatever it is the reason, the Japanese love to make love not only for the reproduction of the people but for pleasure. In spite of all the moral prohibitions by Confucianism and by jealous parents, Japanese girls have been successfully finding a way to enjoy making love. We used to have an institution called Geisha girls. Though it changes names and appearances, the institution never die out. A nice gift of a Gucci bag is an excuse good enough to make love with an aged stranger. Why? Because making love is sacred. Carnal desire is a manifestation of divinity. We, all the human beings, are divine. That's why we make love for pleasure. The gadgets for pleasure are offerings to the deity of joy. Please read «Kojiki», one of the oldest written records in Japanese, and «Love Songs from the Man'yoshu: Selections from a Japanese Classic», one of the oldest anthologies of Waka poems, which is a precursor of Haiku. You will see why love and desire are officially important.


Rick said...

I'm glad to have discovered your blog and website. I will be a frequent visitor.

Best Regards,


NaotoMatsumoto said...

Rick-san, thank you.

This is the last sentence of Tao Te Ching, but our Spanish site "Taoísmo en Español" (Spanish translation of this blog) continues.

I am happy if you leave your comments and questions at this English site, and I will be happier if you leave your messages at the Spanish site. Many readers in Spanish have a good command in English, so please don't hesitate to leave your comments in English and share the ideas with other readers.

We will be happy to have many inputs from a connoisseur of Orientel philosophies like you, Rick-san.

Have a nice day everyday.

Naoto Matsumoto