How can one explain “essence and manifestation” and

“origin and terminal” in Scriptures?

 

“Essence and manifestation” and “origin and terminal” can be

explained as the root and twigs of a tree.  These can be applied

to what is divine and what is common.

 

To Tao, when the True Self is the essence, the heart is the

manifestation; when the heart is the essence, the actions of

four limbs are the manifestations.  The common also knows

that the heart is the essence, but they only know the physical

heart.  In reality, the physical heart is only one of the five

internal organs, and is not the true lord of the body.  If one

wants to know the true lord, he must think of the True Self

he possesses before he is born.