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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Thirteen: The Fortune of the Way

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8. The student asked again, “In the world to come, what kind of person will be most honored?” The Master said, “One who is truthful and replete in public-spiritedness will be most honored. In the past, heroes and brave persons manipulated popular sentiments through expedients and machinations in order to fulfill their own ambitions. Even now, some people retain their positions through scheming and manipulation. In the future, however, as people’s intelligence develops everywhere, such scheming and manipulation will be apparent to all, so that there will be neither deceivers nor deceived, and only truthful people who are free from falsity will be welcomed. Furthermore, in the past, social life had many boundaries and people’s ideas were outmoded and inflexible; hence, egotism and familism controlled Confucian public sentiment. In the future, however, the fortune of the Way is coming in which the whole world becomes a single household. Hence, it will be difficult to become successful in society with egotism or familism; and only one who possesses a grand sense of public spirit will be welcomed by the public and become prominent throughout the world.”