THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Three: On Korea’s National Prospects

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15. The Master continued, “At this critical moment, the most urgent duty is for all of us to reflect back on our mind and do our best for its continous improvement, and for each level of leadership always to effectively exercise correct leadership of the people. If we are not good at heart, then even if we were to advocate an excellent ideology, it will just bring bad results. Flouting the rights of others and being blinded by the pursuit of undeserved gains—how can this be the principle of equality? The true value of equality will be realized only by first awakening to the impartial Way of the universe and by not being preoccupied with personal ownership as well as by not seeking food and clothing without working for them. Also, rejecting sanctions of any kind and falling into a lawless life by acting as one pleases—how can this be the principle of freedom? The value of true freedom will be realized only by first bringing each individual’s mind to a level consistent with public morality or a regulated life and by not infringing on or restraining others’ just opinions and just liberties.”