Awakening to the Tao by Liu I-ming, Thomas Cleary

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By Liu I-ming, Thomas Cleary

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All of their doings , all of their actions , are i n pursuit of the false. They take what is painfu l for pleasure , take poison for medicine . Their original basic constitution i s completely bur­ ied away . This goes to such an extreme that they lose their health and forfeit their lives without a care , bringing calamity and misfortune on themselves without even realizing it . This is why the ancient sages taught people to understand the good and go back to the beginning, to return to simpl icity and purity , simply to restore the original state .

This is called the strong , healthy , unadulterated vitality . The spiritual embryo i s compl etely formed , and there i s a separate heaven and earth that is not of the human world . This is the primal within the primal . Go on to do advanced work, build i ng up this vitality bit by bit , at first faint, eventu­ ally becoming evident , and this becomes the unknowable sa n ct it y that is called spirit . The Dreaming of the Sleeper W hen a s l e e p e r drea m s , he sees things that make him joy fu l , angry , sad , and happ y -scenes of wealth , nobil ity , fa m e , and g a i n The d reamer takes t hese to be rea l , and does .

Th at which i s r ea l is t he conscious root of the u n i fied pri mord i a l energy ; that which i s Awakening to the Tao artificial is the infl uence of a l l kinds of actions over ti me . T hi s in fluence , plus the energies of the forces of the acq ui re d personal ity and consti tution , with accumulated l ea ning s, b u r­ ies the one reality within myriad artificial i ties . Thus , since real ity cannot be easi l y attai ned , it is nec e s­ sary to use the power of gradual cultivation to shed the artificial in order that the real may appea r .

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