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.