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, “The prosperity or destitution of a family depends to a great extent on the state of mind of the head of the household. If a household is to be prosperous, first, the spirit of the head of the household must be assiduous; second, all members of the household should collaborate and combine their energies in handling all things; third, whatever the task at hand, one should undertake it only after first acquiring sufficient knowledge and experience; fourth, one should build up the enterprise step by step by following the basic premise of ‘through the small, accomplish the great’; fifth, one should make good use of techniques for recycling discarded goods; sixth, one should strike a proper balance between the main job and any side jobs, and seek to maintain a proper relationship between all aspects of production; seventh, before production has achieved its planned goal, one should not use funds recklessly in other places; eighth, even after achieving that goal, one should not seek excessive profits, but should always make investments in other well-grounded and trustworthy places; ninth, one should always keep one’s eyes on income and expenditures, not hesitating to make appropriate expenditures and strictly guarding against unnecessary waste. If you do your best to manage your home through these methods, then your households will naturally grow wealthier and, as a result, will correspondingly help in your mind practice, and vice versa.”