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.