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[HHC Study] Hua Hu Cing Chapter 3

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Hua Hu Ching

Chapter 3

 

 

Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things. To embrace all things means first that one holds no anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao. Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in the harmonious oneness of all things.

 

Translated by Brian Browne Walker

http://brianbrownewalker.com/hua-hu-ching/

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I'm not there are likely never will be.

 

Good advice though and a goal worthy of trying to attain.

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I'm not there are likely never will be.

 

Good advice though and a goal worthy of trying to attain.

 

Now, do you see why I'd said that you are not a Taoist......??? :D

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Now, do you see why I'd said that you are not a Taoist......??? :D

And do you see why you can never be Mother Teresa? :o

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It seems chapter 3 is saying we should not antagonize each other, as division is conary to the nature of the Tao...

 

 

To embrace all things is extremly dificult, and socity does not teach us this at all. Instead we are rewarded for striving for goals and to take pleasure in our achivement, leading to the "duality" of displeasure when we experience "failure".

 

There is a friction between the "intergral way" and "socities way" and going with the flow, attaining "harmonious oneness of all things" highlites the "artificial ness" of "socities game"

 

But I think we need to be able to play that game to the extent required to live "within socity"

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To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death

 

 

Does this mean we no longer look at things yin/yang? We just look at them as a part of the tao? The examples are of separation of yin and yang, no?

 

Hopefully this will make sense.

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Hopefully this will make sense.

Made sense to me. I agree with what you suggest and ask.

 

Interesting you mentioning male and female. Watched a documentary on Cuba last night and they spent a lot of time with the Cuban Painted Snail. The snail is both male and female. But they need partners in order to mate. When they mate both parties become pregnant.

 

However, we humans are not built that way. Only the female becomes pregnant. By that alone there must be a defined separation.

 

But then I agree that the more we are able to view the universe as a oneness the less we will need to separate and the more we will recognize the importance of all the pieces that play a part of creating the oneness. Yes, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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"Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao."

 

Ni Says: "You should dissolve all discrimination of individuality and absorb all things into a harmonious oneness... virtue is developed by highly evolved people who embrace all people and things and dispel the darkness which isolates them".

 

"Acceptance" has been a key concept in my way of understanding and living. IT is not just a philosophical concept or 'goal'. There really is no choice on some level as the discrimination is simply our own mental construct which puts the constriction in our understanding and living. To not accept things as they are is the darkness, IMO.

 

If we stay on the physical level with this, then it is a goal or something to attain or strive for... IMO, there is nothing to strive for; one has to simply let go and let that which hinders dissolve away. A great way to do that is to get beyond the physical to the energetic-spiritual as there is no discrimination at those levels. If one rests in this seat, then they can let go of separation; and yet live among the physical world of separation [concepts].

 

Another issue which Ni raises to me is that 'virtue' (De) is developed by the dissolving. It naturally comes about, not by effort but by letting go. I have never really embraced the idea that one 'practices virtue' which makes it out like we're going to forcefully achieve it. If one wants to make this an ethical issue, then so be it... but I don't think that is what is intended. I never think about 'virtue', as it is something to attain; by doing so, I am simply calling attention to my separation from it.

 

Let go. Sit in that place of no discrimination. You'll find everything is one... and it was not by our doing, that's the Way it is. Accept its Way.

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I think that the initial manifestation was both male and female, is that called andromorphous?. We have devolved into separation. Our real nature is the One, prior to the divisions of the sexes; prior to the yin and yang of male and female. This is the mindset we can return to if we exert the effort to do this.

 

Every single day, every single moment, is an opportunity to strive for the awareness of the Oneness of everything. In order to do this, it's best to look at the idea 'behind' or underlying everything, what it represents. Money, for example. What does that represent? It represents stuck energy, that's all. What do we represent? An entity capable of feeling the surrounding area. What's the idea behind this? the Tao coming into its own? Fulfilling its own idea? We seem to be the machine through which it experiences.

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"Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao."

understanding and living. To not accept things as they are is the darkness, IMO.

 

Another issue which Ni raises to me is that 'virtue' (De) is developed by the dissolving. It naturally comes about, not by effort but by letting go. I have never really embraced the idea that one 'practices virtue' which makes it out like we're going to forcefully achieve it. If one wants to make this an ethical issue, then so be it... but I don't think that is what is intended. I never think about 'virtue', as it is something to attain; by doing so, I am simply calling attention to my separation from it.

 

Let go. Sit in that place of no discrimination. You'll find everything is one... and it was not by our doing, that's the Way it is. Accept its Way.

 

Beautiful.

Nothing good is ever achieved by force.

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Nothing good is ever achieved by force.

I'm not too sure about that. Volcanos are pretty forceful and they allow the Earth to regenerate itself. Water is pretty forceful too in many cases and it brings life to many things.

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I'm not too sure about that. Volcanos are pretty forceful and they allow the Earth to regenerate itself. Water is pretty forceful too in many cases and it brings life to many things.

But your examples are NOT 'forcefully trying to achieve' anything; they are naturally forceful... That is the point, IMO.

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But your examples are NOT 'forcefully trying to achieve' anything; they are naturally forceful... That is the point, IMO.

And I could argue that the Earth is trying to achieve balance but I won't because that would be suggesting that there is intent and in those cases there really is no intent. Wu wei.

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I'm not too sure about that. Volcanos are pretty forceful and they allow the Earth to regenerate itself. Water is pretty forceful too in many cases and it brings life to many things.

 

I was thinking more in terms work done on ones self and peoples actions in general.

Volcanoes have force but erupt naturally as a consequence of other factors - they take the path of least resistance.

Water has force but will always seek the path of least resistance -

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And I could argue that the Earth is trying to achieve balance but I won't because that would be suggesting that there is intent and in those cases there really is no intent. Wu wei.

That argue is nonsensical... but argue it if the mind wants to. Let's just stick to what your suggesting: A natural way.

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And I could argue that the Earth is trying to achieve balance but I won't because that would be suggesting that there is intent and in those cases there really is no intent. Wu wei.

I thought that was enough said already.

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Ni raises to me is that 'virtue' (De) is developed by the dissolving. It naturally comes about, not by effort but by letting go.

I like this point, I have a tendance to think of practices as something to be done. But it's really the natural way (I confess there is nothing to teach) and the teachings are only there to lead us back to what is natural. Natural is easy, and it only stops being easy when it's something forced.

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I like this point, I have a tendance to think of practices as something to be done. But it's really the natural way (I confess there is nothing to teach) and the teachings are only there to lead us back to what is natural. Natural is easy, and it only stops being easy when it's something forced.

I like the second part of the quote ; It naturally comes about, not by effort but by letting go.

 

A Buddhist would say letting go of attachments, which would necessitate examining one's own reason for the attachment and acting thereupon to remove the attachment.

 

A self-realization path would accomplish the same, but by examining one's own defects within character which impede clarity.

 

A shamanic path would involve a recapitulation that both involved removing that which impairs the vision, and seeking those pivotal moments of time within one's own life which directed the inner direction.

 

A Taoist would develop the attributes of the Sage by self-development which would result in possession of the three treasures, certainly a journey through ego.

 

A Yogi would understand the nature of the animal natures within us; to seek them out, to separate ourselves from the particular trait in question, to achieve clarity.

 

The mystic mysteries as understood by the Essenes would have the seeker Know Thyself; a proposition that would utilize any or all of the above.

 

At any rate, it does appear that Virtue is developed by the dissolving. Dissolving of all the extraneous character traits and tendencies within us which impede our communication with the Tao/Essence/God/Great Spirit/Brahma/Buddha/Savior which resides at the very base of our personality. The pony under the pile. It is found by dissolving the dross.

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The master told the prince and all the followers, "All of my friends and disciples should attune their minds to all life and hold no antagonism towards any living thing whether if be born of womb, egg, moisture or any other kind of transformation; whether it can think or is unable to think; whether it has form or is formless.You should dissolve all discrimination of individuality and absorb all things into a harmonious oneness.. All lives are one life that can be called the One Great Universal Life.

"Virtue is developed by highly evolved people who embrace all people and things and dispel the darkness which isolate them. Although innumerable lives are illuminated, highly evolved people do not think that they have helped anyone, because to them the world is synonymous with oneself and one's self is the world. One who is aware of the whole really helps others. Why is this so? Kind prince, if one still holds the divisive mental concepts of self and others, male and female, longevity and brevity life and death, and so on without end, then one does not have an all-embracing awareness of the Universal Life."

 

Ni's HHC 3

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Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things. To embrace all things means first that one holds no anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao. Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in the harmonious oneness of all things.

 

Translated by Brian Browne Walker

http://brianbrownewalker.com/hua-hu-ching/

 

I love the above paragraph. Have you ever tried to push it to its logical conclusion - even just as an experiment? It's rather interesting to walk around and see what happens when you do.

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A few relevant quotes:

 

"Expect nothing, Accept everything"

 

"How do you get rid of the pain of not having an expectation met? You get rid of expectations"

 

"Respect existence or expect resistance"

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