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B. Chosen men


Adorned words can buy high rank.

"Adorned words" seem to work. But don't be fooled by them. Don't fool others with them, either.

You have to learn who the others are. They are the extended part of your own self.

It is not worth fooling your own self.

Tao has no segregation or division. There is no rank or any sort in Tao. One cannot be better than the others.

Everyone is equal; everything is the same. For everything is one; for all of us are Tao.

There is no point being "chosen" by someone.

Adorned acts can place a man above others.

Whether they are "adorned acts" or not, any act may seem to work.

"I have been helping poor animals (or children) all my life." "I have been fighting against corruption (or injustice)." "We must save our planet (or whatever)."

Not a day passes without hearing these declarations of "good" acts these days.

If they affect you, there is a fundamental question to ask yourself: "Would you like to be a better person than others?".

The sole treasure is Tao. It is hidden in your eye storage 眼蔵 [genzo], which is the hologram, say, the world.

Please think which is more important, the treasure or the storage box?

Don't act on your storage box (=your hologram, =the world in front of you).

Just love the treasure inside (=Tao).

How can you abandon someone because he is no good.

No worries.

Nobody can abandon you. Nobody can abandon anyone. (That is to say, you cannot abandon anyone, either.)

Someone seems to have abandoned you at the level of your hologram, but he didn't in reality.

For the person is an extended part of your own self.

The extended part of your own self (=yourself beyond your control) is called 他己 [tako] in Zen Buddhism. Your own "conventional" self (=yourself under your control) is called 自己 [jiko].

This 他己 [tako] and 自己 [jiko] are part of the same hologram. Therefore, one cannot abandon the other.

It is useless to judge because the judging and the judged are the same. Therefore, there is neither "good" nor "no good".

Therefore, when an emperor is enthroned or three dukes are assigned, instead of holding jadeite disks in both arms in front of four horses, it is better to tell them about Tao, being seated.

This sentence is asking you to do three things.

1) Don't flatter.

2) Do nothing. (=Send Love.)

3) Don't expect anything in return.

Here, Chuang Tzu's epigram is worth repeating: "Don't move until you are forced to".

Be still. You don't have to act. Instead of doing something for someone, you can talk about Taoism.

But don't try to convince anyone. Enjoy the conversation. You are giving him (=an extended part of your own self) an opportunity to think about Tao. That's enough.

Never mind even if you don't know much about Tao.

Zen Buddhists say:

"自未得度先度他 [Ji mi toku do, sen do ta]

Though you haven't crossed it yet, let others cross it first."

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