What is the meaning of reflecting one’s aureole inward?
When a man is in the Hou-tien10, his mind is occupied by thoughts
and concerns. If one thinks about external chores, he is with the
flow of the Hou-tien. If one reflects his aureole inward, he is going
against the Hou-tien. When one goes with the flow of the Hou-tien
as he pursues materialism, emotions and desires, he is bound for the
cycle of birth, death and rebirth, and becomes a ghost. When one
goes against the flow of the Hou-tien as he abandons the pursuit of
materialism, emotions and desires, and seeks his True Self, he is
following the way of Tao, and becomes Saints.
To encourage a person to pursue Tao, we should encourage him
to look inward into his True Nature. To Look inward into the
True Nature is to seek the True Self. To Seek the True Self
means to reflect one’s aureole inward. One should concentrate
on the Right Portal at every moment. If one constantly adheres
to his Right Portal, he can achieve a state that he makes no
distinction of himself and the others. The practice of keeping
one’s heart in Oneness at his Right Portal is the way to part from
sufferings and attain pleasure. A Sutra states “One must keep his
heart at his Right Portal at all times.” Confucius said “Once
learned, one must practice constantly.” Both teachings encourage
practitioners of Tao to follow this practice. So all practitioners of
Tao must keep this in mind.