"I Advise My Companions on the Way"


Cultivating the Tao

Quoted from:

Cultivating the Tao: Taoism and Internal Alchemy, by Liu Yiming (1734-1821), page 159

I advise my companions on the Way: Establish an enduring commitment and maintain a steady mind; remove errant thoughts and give prominence to the undertaking of Nature and Existence; inquire into the principles of creation and transformation with an unwavering mind. Advance by removing one layer after the other: when you remove one layer, continue to the next one until you finally reach the inner core of the Dao. Then you will be able to see that all the dust of this world is a precious jewel. Rambling at will, you will go anywhere you like, and everywhere will be the Dao. Entirely awakened and entirely realized, you will move without obstructions.

Why should you fear that you will not fulfill your Nature and your Existence? Why should you fear that you will not achieve the Great Dao?

Source: Xiuzhen houbian (Further Discriminations in Cultivating Reality), sec. 26.


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