A Tao Preacher’s True Words
Passed down by Senior Qinghuan, edited by Qing He Chu Tzu
As a great health preservation work composed in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 A.D), the article A Tao Preacher’s True Words gained a wide and high recognition among Taoist practitioners for its analysis upon the procedural details of Taoist internal alchemy practice. For example, at the beginning phase it reiterates the general principle to be followed should “become void, follow the course as it arises, do effortless action to have all well done”. Coming up next it advocates that the “importance should be made upon the congealing of Shen, priority should be given to the quiet meditation” when carrying out the guiding principle of cultivating both innate nature and life force; Succeeding such statement, the article lays emphasis on the dominance of true intention when to harvest the medicinal substances, constant effort yielding sure success when heating control comes in tune with natural accord.
It is recorded that the book was passed down by Senior Qinghuan, edited by Qing He Chu Tzu and there is no mention of the true author. Long poetry or short verse feature the most part of its content, much adapted to the popular trends of then society. Among the voluminousness of Taoist books and scriptures the article is commonly accepted as one of the best that laid much upon how to discipline the heart-mind --- the main characteristics of most Buddhism scriptures. In actuality, not only discipline the heart-mind makes up some part of its narration but also how to refine the elixir pill, how to discipline the physical form, how to do away with chronic diseases for longevity, how to remain immune to the illusion when in quiet meditation to do without ego, how to have the true intention to preside over the stillness. At last, it emphasizes the role of “Mysterious Pass” to be played during the process.
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