To follow the path on Earth, cultivate the self according to the laws of humanity and society.
Proper Roles — Family and Society
To follow the path of Heaven, cultivate the Tao with diligence and sincerity of the heart.
The integration of the mundane and the spiritual is a cornerstone of the work the Teacher does with us. It can be seen very clearly in the board (written in Chinese) of the Ten Principles. The Principles are written in the middle, offset by a sentence on each side.
The sentence on the left reads: “To follow the path on Earth, cultivate the self according to the laws of humanity and society.”
On the right is written: “To follow the path of Heaven, cultivate the Tao with diligence and sincerity of heart.”
We must follow both paths. We also must have respect for the Principles. That is why, though there are ten Principles, there are eleven words on the Principle Board. Underneath the tenth Principle is the word for altar. This means that we should elevate the principles as if they were on an altar.
“Each experience is like a door. You must have something to open it . . . the heart.” — The Teacher
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