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31. The Tao doesn't come and go.
It is always present everywhere, just like the sky.
If your mind is clouded, you won't see it, but that
doesn't mean it isn't there.

All misery is created by the activity of the mind.
Can you let go of words and ideas, attitudes and
expectations?

If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
Can you be still and look inside?
If so, then you will see that the truth is always
available, always responsive.

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30. Words can never convey the beauty of a tree;
to understand it, you must see it with your own
eyes.
Language cannot capture the melody of a song;
to understand it, you must hear it with your own
ears.
So it is with the Tao: the only way to understand it is
to directly experience it.

The subtle truth of the universe is unsayable and
unthinkable.
Therefore the highest teachings are wordless.
My own words are not the medicine, but a
prescription; not the destination, but a map to help
you reach it.
When you get there, quiet your mind and close your
mouth.
Don't analyze the Tao.
Strive instead to live it: silently, undividedly, with
your whole harmonious being.

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29. Don't think you can attain total awareness and whole
enlightenment without proper discipline and
practice.
This is egomania.
Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life
energy toward the light.
Without the discipline to practice them, you will
tumble constantly backward into darkness.

Here is the great secret:

Just as high awareness of the subtle truth is gained
through virtuous conduct and sustaining
disciplines, so also is it maintained through these
things.

Highly evolved beings know and respect the truth of
this.

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28. It is tempting to view the vast and luminous heavens
as the body of the Tao.
That would be a mistake, however.
If you identify the Tao with a particular shape, you
won't ever see it.

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27. Do not imagine that an integral being has the
ambition of enlightening the unaware or raising
worldly people to the divine realm.
To her, there is no self and other, and hence no one to
be raised; no heaven and hell, and hence no
destination.
Therefore her only concern is her own sincerity.

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26. There are two kinds of blessings.
The first are worldly blessings, which are won by
doing good deeds.
These concern the mind, and thus are confined in time
and space.
The second is the integral blessing, which falls on
those who achieve awareness of the Great Oneness.
This awareness liberates you from the bondage of
mind, time, and space to fly freely through the
boundless harmony of the Tao.

Similarly, there are two kinds of wisdom.
The first is worldly wisdom, which is a conceptual
understanding of your experiences.
Because it follows after the events themselves, it
necessarily inhibits your direct understanding of
truth.

The second kind, integral wisdom, involves a direct
participation in every moment: the observer and the
observed are dissolved in the light of pure
awareness, and no mental concepts or attitudes are
present to dim that light.

The blessings and wisdom that accrue to those who
practice the Integral Way and lead others to it are a
billion times greater than all worldly blessings and
wisdom combined.

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25. Not all spiritual paths lead to the Harmonious
Oneness.
Indeed, most are detours and distractions, nothing
more.
Why not trust the plainness and simplicity of the
Integral Way?

Living with unconditional sincerity,
eradicating all duality,
celebrating the equality of things,
your every moment will be in truth.

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24. Subtle awareness of the truth of the universe should
not be regarded as an achievement.
To think in terms of achieving it is to place it outside
your own nature.

This is erroneous and misleading.

Your nature and the integral nature of the universe are
one and the same: indescribable, but eternally
present.

Simply open yourself to this.

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23. The highest truth cannot be put into words.
Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say.
He simply gives himself in service, and never worries.

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22. How can the divine Oneness be seen?
In beautiful forms, breathtaking wonders, awe-inspiring miracles?
The Tao is not obliged to present itself this way.

It is always present and always available.
When speech is exhausted and mind dissolved, it
presents itself.
When clarity and purity are cultivated, it reveals
itself.
When sincerity is unconditional, it unveils itself.

If you are willing to live by it, you will see it
everywhere, even in the most ordinary things.

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21. Each moment is fragile and fleeting.
The moment of the past cannot be kept, however
beautiful.
The moment of the present cannot be held, however
enjoyable.
The moment of the future cannot be caught, however
desirable.

But the mind is desperate to fix the river in place:
Possessed by ideas of the past, preoccupied with
images of the future, it overlooks the plain truth of
the moment.

The one who can dissolve her mind will suddenly
discover the Tao at her feet, and clarity at hand.

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20. The clairvoyant may see forms which are elsewhere,
but he cannot see the formless.
The telepathic may communicate directly with the
mind of another, but he cannot communicate with
one who has achieved no-mind.
The telekinetic may move an object without touching
it, but he cannot move the intangible.

Such abilities have meaning only in the realm of
duality.
Therefore, they are meaningless.

Within the Great Oneness, though there is no such
thing as clairvoyance, telepathy, or telekinesis,
all things are seen, all things understood,
all things forever in their proper places.

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19. To the ordinary person, the body of humanity seems
vast.
In truth, it is neither bigger nor smaller than anything
else.
To the ordinary person, there are others whose
awareness needs raising.
In truth, there is no self, and no other.
To the ordinary person, the temple is sacred and the
field is not.
This, too, is a dualism which runs counter to the
truth.

Those who are highly evolved maintain an
undiscriminating perception.
Seeing everything, labeling nothing, they maintain
their awareness of the Great Oneness.
Thus they are supported by it.

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18. There is no one method for attaining realization of the
Tao.
To regard any method as 'the' method is to create a
duality, which can only delay your understanding of
the subtle truth.
The mature person perceives the fruitlessness of rigid,
external methodologies;
Remembering this, he keeps his attitude unstructured
at all times and thus is always free to pursue the
Integral Way.

He studies the teachings of the masters.
He dissolves all concepts of duality.
He pours himself out in service to others.
He performs his inner cleansing and does not disturb
his teacher with unnecessary entanglements, thus
preserving the subtle spiritual connection with the
teacher's divine energy.

Gently eliminating all obstacles to his own
understanding, he constantly maintains his
unconditional sincerity.
His humility, perseverance, and adaptability evoke the
response of the universe and fill him with divine light.

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17. Do not go about worshiping deities and religious
institutions as the source of the subtle truth.
To do so is to place intermediaries between yourself
and the divine, and to make of yourself a beggar
who looks outside for a treasure that is hidden
inside his own breast.

If you want to worship the Tao, first discover it in your
own heart.
Then your worship will be meaningful.

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16. Most of the world's religions serve only to strengthten
attachments to false concepts such as self and other,
life and death, heaven and earth, and so on.
Those who become entangled in these ideas are
prevented from percieving the Integral Oneness.

The highest virtue one can exercise is to accept the
responsibility of discovering and transmitting the
whole truth.
Some help others in order to receive blessings and
admiration.
This is simply meaningless.
Some cultivate themselves in part to serve others, in
part to serve their own pride.
They will understand, at best, half of the truth.
But those who improve themselves for the sake of the
world - to these, the whole truth of the universe
will be revealed.

So seek this whole truth, practice it in your daily life,
and humbly share it with others.
You will enter the realm of the Divine.

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15. To the ordinary being, others often require tolerance.
To the highly evolved being, there is no such thing as
tolerance, because there is no such thing as other.
She has given up all ideas of individuality and
extended her goodwill without prejudice in every
direction.
Never hating, never resisting, never contesting, she is
simply always learning and being.

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
Therefore the integral being is attached to nothing and
can relate to everyone with an unstructured
attitude.
Because of this, her very existence benefits all things.

You see, that which has form is equal to that which is
without form, and that which is alive is equal to
that which rests.
This is the subtle truth, not a religious invention,
but only those who are already highly evolved will
understand this.

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14. Can you dissolve your ego?
Can you abandon the idea of self and other?
Can you relinquish the notions of male and female,
short and long, life and death?
Can you let go of all these dualities and embrace the
Tao without skepticism or panic?
If so, you can reach the heart of the Integral Oneness.

Along the way, avoid thinking of the Oneness as
unusual, exalted, sublime, transcendental.
Because it is the Oneness, it is beyond all that.
It is simply the direct, essential, and complete truth.

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13. The tiny particles which form the vast universe are not
tiny at all.
Neither is the vast universe vast.
These are notions of the mind, which is like a knife,
always chipping away at the Tao,
trying to render it graspable and manageable.

But that which is beyond form is ungraspable, and
that which is beyond knowing is unmanageable.
There is, however, this consolation:
She who lets go of the knife will find the Tao at her
fingertips.

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12. Do you wish to inhabit sacred space?
To have the respect and companionship of the highest
spiritual beings?
To be protected by the guardians of the eight powerful
energy rays?
Then cherish the Integral Way:
Regard these teachings with reverence,
practice their truths,
illuminate them to others.

You will receive as many blessings from the universe as
there are grains of sand in the River of
Timelessness.

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11. Does one scent appeal more than another?
Do you prefer this flavor, or that feeling?
Is your practice sacred and your work profane?
Then your mind is separated:
from itself, from oneness, from the Tao.

Keep your mind free of divisions and distinctions.
When your mind is detached, simple, quiet, then all
things can exist in harmony, and you can begin to
perceive the subtle truth.

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10. The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle:
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.

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9. He who desires the admiration of the world will do
well to amass a great fortune and then give it away.
The world will respond with admiration in proportion
to the size of his treasure.

Of course, this is meaningless.

Stop striving after admiration.
Place your esteem on the Tao.
Live in accord with it,
share with others the teachings that lead to it,
and you will be immersed in the blessings that flow
from it.

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8. I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no
science, no body of information which will lead
your mind back to the Tao.
Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another,
but always the Integral Way is beyond words and
beyond mind.

Simply be aware of the oneness of things.

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7. The teaching of the Integral Way will go on as long as
there is a Tao and someone who wishes to embody it;

What is painted in these scrolls today will appear in
different forms in many generations to come.

These things, however, will never change:
Those who wish to attain oneness must practice
undiscriminating virtue.
They must dissolve all ideas of duality: good and bad,
beautiful and ugly, high and low.
They will be obliged to abandon any mental bias born
of cultural or religious belief.
Indeed, they should hold their minds free of any
thought which interferes with their understanding
of the universe as a harmonious oneness.

The beginning of these practices is the beginning of
liberation.

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6. The Tao gives rise to all forms, yet it has no form of its
own.
If you attempt to fix a picture of it in your mind, you
will lose it.
This is like pinning a butterfly: the husk is captured,
but the flying is lost.

Why not be content with simply experiencing it?

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