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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

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64. A student asked, “In the writings of the Tonghak (Eastern Learning) religionreligion, what does it mean where it says, ‘Pray to God (Hanullim) for blessing and stipends and pray to me for longevity’?’” The Master replied, “Since the principle of the retribution and response of cause and effect is the universal Way of Heaven, you will receive from the ever-void heaven and earth the effects of the causes of transgressions and blessings that you have created, while you must learn from the sages who have awakened to the Way of Heaven the principle of attaining infinite longevity by awakening oneself to the principle of ‘neither arising nor ceasing.’ That is why it says to pray to him.” Some days later, the Master said, “In the writings of Tonghak, there is also found the verse, ‘The pneuma of the Way long subsists so that perversity cannot gain access,/I don’t take the same way home as the people of this world.’ This verse would be better if the last line read, ‘The one mind is pure and clear, and all things are at peace.’”