What is the first thing to do for those who
received Tien-Tao and wants to advance? (20)
If one would like to advance after he received Tien-Tao,
the first thing to do is to establish and strengthen his faith.
Faith is the foundation of practicing Tao. Faith is the fountainhead
of building one’s merits. Even fortune-telling would not fulfill those
who do not have faith. Therefore, one cannot overestimate how
important faith is in practicing Tao.
All humans were born equal. The Saints and the ordinaries all
possess the same True Selves from Heaven and bear souls in their
bodies. The difference between the Saints and the ordinaries lies
in the difference of the state of awakening to Tao. All phenomena
surrounding us occur in the same manner as in our body. The
spherical shape of our head resembles the heavenly bodies while
our flat feet stand on the flat Earth. Every inhaling and exhaling
of our breath is the manifestation of yang and yin, while our left
eye symbolizes the sun, the right eye the moon. The five vital
organs - the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys - correspond to
the five fundamental elements of fire, wood, earth, metal and
water respectively. Emotions expressed as delight, rage, sorrow
and joy reflect weather conditions of breeziness, thunder, cloudiness
and drizzle. Virtues in a man also mirror the sequence in creation.
Benevolence parallels the Beginning; propriety, Cultivation; justice,
Reward; and wisdom, Perseverance.
A new born infant is united with Heaven and Earth. Great Saints
like Emperor Yao, Emperor Sun, Confucius and Mencius were
born like the ordinary. Those who live in accordance to their
True Selves become Immortals, Buddhas or Saints. Those who
live against the True Selves become evil spirits and ghosts.
To practice Tao, one must follow his True Self.
This is the unalterable Truth.