what you do is who you are



natural laws of

the universe are inviolable:

Energy condenses into substance.

Food is eaten through the mouth and not

the nose. A person who neglects to

breathe will turn blue and die. 

Some things simply can’t

be dismissed.


It is also

a part of the cosmic law

that what you say and do determines

what happens in your life. The ordinary person

thinks that this law is external to herself and she feels

confined and controlled by it. So her desires trouble her mind,

her mind troubles her spirit, and she lives in constant

turmoil with herself and the world.

Her whole life is spent in




superior person

recognizes that she and the

subtle law are one. Therefore she

cultivates herself to accord with it, bringing

moderation to her actions and clarity to her mind.

Doing this, she finds herself at one with

all that is divine and enlightened.

Her days are passed drinking in

serenity and breathing out




is the profound,

simple truth: you are the master

of your life and death. What

you do is who

you are.


from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 40


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