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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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36. The Master continued, “The second essential point of the Ethics of Threefold Unity is the interconnectedness through a single vital force. This means that, by understanding that all humans and sentient beings are fellow living beings interconnected through this same vital force, we should all realize a grand unity and harmony. In this world, there are said to be four major races of human beings living in various areas. Within the same race, too, there are many nationalities and, within the same nationality, various clans, who live in their respective areas. However, if one closely examines their source, their fundamental energies are all interconnected as a single vital force. In that realm where heaven and earth are one’s parents and the universe one’s home, all human beings are one’s siblings—and not just human beings but other living creatures, such as birds, beasts, and insects, are all originally interconnected in this same great vital force. Therefore, when all people under heaven awaken to this interconnectedness and attain grand harmony, all races and nationalities will form a single household and will be friendly and harmonious with one another, and the virtuous influence of that harmony will also reach all other sentient beings throughout the world. Hence, we first must realize the principle that all human beings and all sentient beings are essentially interconnected by a single vital force, and we should thereby establish within our own minds the great spirit that views all humans and sentient beings as one, so that we may serve as the vanguard in unifying with this spirit all human beings in the world through equality.”