What is the aim of that awakening? It concerns the new, the original life. Lao Tzu calls it: the path leads to not-being, and to being. Not-being is the foundation of all that exists; being is the Mother of all things. Not-being does not mean not existing, or non-being in the sense of a total absence of being; it is the absolute, original state, the original, immortal glory. It is a `new-being', in the original state of the Immovable Kingdom. Being as we know it is the being of death, suffering and tears. That kind of being cannot arise from Tao. That is why there is also an original being, arising from the same source of the absolute, as true not-being.
Lao Tzu gave this message to humankind several thousand years ago, and it sounds very familiar, because it is still being proclaimed today. From Tao, from the Gnosis, there arises a source, a fount, from which not-being and being arise. An eternal, irresistible power, in the midst of which the Immovable Kingdom stands like a rock. And the heart that has entered the stillness experiences the pulsation of Tao's spiritual essence. Such a heart forms the mystery of the 'gate unto life'.
Being and Not-Being from the Tao Te King by Lao Tzu

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THE BOOK OF MIRDAD

CHAPTER NINE: THE WAY TO PAINLESS LIFE

Micaster: show us the way.

MIRDAD: This is the way to freedom from care and pain:

So think as if your every thought were to be etched in fire upon the sky for all and everything to see, for so, in truth, it is.

So speak as if the world entire were but a single ear intent on hearing what you say. And so, in truth, it is.

So do as if your every deed were to recoil upon your heads. And so, in truth, it does.

So wish as if you were the wish. And so, in truth, you are.

So live as if your god Himself had need of you His life to live. And so, in truth, He does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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