mystery within mystery

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hsüan chih yu hsüan

(xuan zhi you xuan)

mystery of mysteries

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Lao Tzu – Tao Te Ching Verse One (several translations)

These two things spirit and matter, so different in nature, have the same origin. This unity of origin is the mystery of mysteries, but it is the gateway to spirituality.

(Translated by Dwight Goddard – 1919) Continue reading

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the governing aspect

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If you

correct your mind, the

rest of your life will fall into place.

This is true because the mind is the governing

aspect of a human life. If the river flows

clearly and cleanly through the

proper channel, all will

be well along its

banks. Continue reading

It looms into view

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Thirty-One 

The Tao doesn’t come and go. It is always present everywhere, just like the sky. If your mind is clouded, you won’t see it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. All misery is created by the activity of the mind. Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and expectations? If so, then the Tao will loom into view. Can you be still and look inside? If so, then you will see that the truth is always available, always responsive.

source: Lao Tzu, Hua Hu Ching, Brian Walker PDF

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give yourself everything

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Lao Tzu

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Five

Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and took out at the stars.

This practice should answer the question.

The superior person settles her mind as the universe settles the stars in the sky.

By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it.

Once calmed, it naturally expands,

and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky. Continue reading