This statement highlights the Gong-fu 15 of refining and cultivating of one’s True Self as adopted by Saints. It describes the six stages in the process of refining oneself.
1. Where to rest.
The first stage is to know where to rest. To rest means to arrest one’s innate ability at Oneness. When one knows where to rest, he holds fast to his True Self. When one knows when to rest, he acts properly. To rest is to return one’s spirit to Oneness. To rest at Oneness is the ultimate rest. Continue reading “70. What is the explanation for “Once where to rest is known, the direction of practicing Tao is set. Once set, one can be tranquil. In tranquility, one can reveal his True Nature, With the True Nature, one can be pure. Being pure, one can attain Tao.” in The Great Learning. (& Q71 to Q72)”
Although these are the techniques of practicing Tao in the Hou-tien, 10 understanding them is still necessary.
Whoever dissipates his vitality, spirit, and soul through ears and eyes is a commoner.
Whoever retrieves inward his vitality, spirit, and soul can become a Saint.
The practice of going with the flow dissipates. The practice of going against the flow retrieves. That is why Mencius said,
“To practice Tao, one needs nothing
but to retrieve his lost heart.”
Continue reading “65. What are the practices of going with and going against the flow? (& Q66 to Q69)”
Since mankind came to Earth in Yin Phase, we all lived through many lives. Through these lives, we have accumulated tremendous debts and sins and caused many catastrophes.
We committed sins and owed debts to others in one life, came back in another life to try to repay, but instead, accumulated even more. Thus we are trapped in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
For those who have received Tien-Tao and sincerely practice Tao, all those whom the practitioners trespassed against are now worried that debts cannot be collected if the practitioners return to God’s kingdom forever. Continue reading “55. Why is it that as the state of practice advances, the practitioner of Tao faces tests of devil in ten folds? (& Q56 to Q59)”
If the heart of a person reflects his Li-xing, 14 it displays his True Nature.
If his heart reflects his Qi-xing, 14 it displays his Human Nature.
If his heart reflects his Zhi-xing, 14 it displays his Animal Nature.
The True Nature is in the domain of Li-tien 9, 11 and it is all good.
The Human Nature is in the domain of Qi-tien, 9, 12 and it can be either good or evil.
The Animal Nature is in the domain of Xiang-tien, 9, 13 and it is all evil. Continue reading “16. What are the Animal Nature, Human Nature, and True Nature?”
The True Self is the essence of human life, as well as the root of the cosmos.
The True Self is infinitely bright;
It is not born;
It does not die; and
It has no shape or form.
Continue reading “Introduction IV: The Heart and True Self”