The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


The Founding Master asked Yu Hŏil to read the introduction to the Book of History (Shu jing). When they got to the line "The two emperors [Yao and Shun] and the three kings [Yu, Tang, Wen] are the ones who preserved this mind, but King Jie of Xia and King Zhou of Shang are those who lost this mind," the Founding Master said, “This line will become a great secret key for the coming age. Those who forget their minds out of desire for wealth and power will not only ruin their own households and destroy their bodies in the future, but if the leaders of a nation or the world are also like this, then the calamities will reach the nation and the world. Thus, do not be attached to wealth and power, but in sustaining your lives with clothing, food, and shelter keep only within proper bounds, so that your original mind will not be lost. Then, whatever chaos you may face in this world, you will not be in danger but will be the first to receive the good fortunes of heaven and earth.”