drinking in serenity, breathing out contentment


 

The

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 himself and he feels

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

his mind troubles his spirit, and he lives in constant

turmoil with himself and the world.

His whole life is spent in

struggling.

 

The

superior person

recognizes that he and the

subtle law are one. Therefore he

cultivates himself to accord with it, bringing

moderation to his actions and clarity to his mind.

Doing this, he finds himself at one with

all that is divine and enlightened.

His days are passed drinking in

serenity and breathing out

contentment.

 

This

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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there are two paths


 

Do you wish

to free yourself of mental

and emotional knots and become one

with the Tao? If so, there are

two paths available

to you. 

 

The first is

the path of acceptance.

Affirm everyone and everything.

Freely extend your goodwill and virtue

in every direction, regardless of circumstances.

Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious

Oneness, and then you will begin

to perceive it. 

 

The second path

is that of denial. Recognize that

everything you see and think is a falsehood,

an illusion, a veil over the truth. Peel all the veils away,

and you will arrive at the Oneness. Though these

paths are entirely different, they will deliver

you to the same place: spontaneous

awareness of the Great

Oneness. 

 

Once you

arrive there, remember:

it isn’t necessary to struggle to

maintain unity with it.

All you have to do is

rest in it. 

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 48

 

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