In Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching, Laozi taught that
Heaven and Earth are not humane and treat all things as straw dogs. In line with that the sage is also not humane treating people as straw dogs.
While many scholars try hard to discern what he meant by those words, his following explanation on the reason why escaped most mainly because scholars are not necessarily neidan practitioners:
The space between Heaven and Earth seems to be like a bellows. It is empty and yet inexhaustible. When active it produces more.
No amount of words can fathom it. It is better to keep to the Center.
In a recent thread in Taobums, there was discussion on Water and/or Fire methods taught by three teachers in the West. I wade in to mention that Confucius taught about the importance of Names. Neither Laozi nor the Buddha taught any water and/or fire methods. In the Yi the only method taught is that of Keeping Still.
Kan (water) and Li (fire) are subjects too deep even for neidan masters let alone students unless they have in depth knowledge about Qian and Kun, Kan and Li in the Book of Changes.
My question put to members (and to readers of this blog), since according to Zhong Liquan and Zhang Boduan, there is where the real work (fire) starts, was:
How many experienced neidan practitioners have you come across that know the exact location of the space between Heaven and Earth?
Since there were no answers even from students of the three teachers in the forum, I hope some readers here can answer my question.
If only few know the space between Heaven and Earth and keep quiet, how can scholars ever discern what Laozi meant in this chapter 5?
Exactly what Laozi taught in Chapter 1, that the Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao? Simple and easy that!
If you still do not understand why Heaven and Earth and the sage are not humane and treat myriad things and people as straw dogs respectively, I cannot help you anymore than that.