The Scripture of the Fo...

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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity

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The Founding Master said, “Generally speaking, all matters under heaven have roots and branches, primary and secondary aspects. If, knowing the root, one exerts effort regarding that root, then the branches will naturally turn out well. However, if one follows only the branches and exerts effort only regarding the branches, then the root will naturally be neglected. Also, if one understands what is primary and exerts effort regarding the primary, then the secondary aspects will naturally turn out well. However, if one follows only the secondary and exerts effort only regarding it, then the primary will naturally be neglected. To give an example, for human beings, the mind is the root and the body the branch; for the world, study of the Way is primary and the sciences secondary. Only when one understands clearly root and branches, primary and secondary, will one finally be a person who understands the Way. Only such a person can easily rectify also easily rectify all matters under heaven.”