Chapter 13: Only the Spirit Is Undying
1 The Supreme Truth-Blossom Vehicle Method for reaching the highest heaven is a natural, unforced, non-purposive mindfulness for cultivating the great empty Dao. It is different from ordinary meditation in Chinese tradition.
2 Teaching Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is to make the great cosmic Dao of God known. It is a method of spreading God’s teachings to every corner of the Earth.
2 傳授正宗靜坐是為了傳佈 上帝宇宙大道，把 上帝的教化傳播到地球上每一個角落。
3 Ever since humans have been on this Earth, they have wrestled with questions of life’s origin and ultimate destination. What is the ultimate origin of human life? In sum, this is the question of “life and death.”
4 All living things must pass through birth and destruction. This is the principle of cosmic creation. Birth implies death, and death gives way to birth. This is reincarnation, the be-all and end-all. Birth and death are matters of great importance.
5 Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is transmitted so that strivers may know the answer to life’s ultimate questions: “Where does life come from? Where does it go after death?”
6 Of course, in the process of life and death, there are many unanswered questions. If we went back to the original place after death, it would be a simple coming and going.
7 But many people are not able to go back after death, because during the process of human life they did not prepare the conditions for going back. They are not attuned with natural laws that would let them go back to their old home, so they cannot. Instead, they go somewhere they do not wish to go, or as most people say, they are reincarnated.
8 A class in Chinese Original Quiet Sitting conveys, through a hundred- day training process, that while alive we can perfect the means of adjusting to our original home, before we return there. Our return can thus be natural and unforced.
9 If we do not cultivate ourselves while still alive, we will be tossed about by circumstances after death and going back will be beyond our power.
10 So, it is important to absorb the lessons arranged for all of you during the short one-hundred days of a Quiet Sitting Class. Some of these lessons are taught as lectures in the classroom, and some are transmitted before the sacred altar (in a luminorium).
11 The fundamental method of quiet sitting is to let everything go and settle the mind down; to let bodily qi processes go through their own natural change and evolution; to let the innate workings of qi proceed naturally in the body, and internalize the knowledge you acquired in class for your thorough understanding and mastery.
12 All in all, I hope that fellow- strivers will resolve to end the cycles of birth and death, while living up to the missions entrusted to you by God: to preach the Dao and save the world from holocausts. In the end, we will return together to God’s side.
12 總而言之，就是希望同奮能下決心，了斷生死，同時能擔當起 上帝交付你們的宏道、救劫使命，最後一起回到 上帝的身邊。
13 Quiet sitting requires that we give our physical body a chance to transform and evolve naturally. The goal of quiet sitting is not attained in a mere one hundred days, or a year, or even two years. If you would prefer not to participate, then so be it. But once you receive the “Touch of Dao,” it is time to make quiet sitting a part of your daily living.
14 What I call the “Touch of Dao” is the key step to the Supreme Truth- Blossom Vehicle Method for reaching the highest heaven. It means to open the “Gate of Heaven” so that your spirit-consciousness can endure death unscathed and return to its origin.
15 In the process of cultivation, you make yourself receptive to the primordial Qi. You allow God’s perfect spirit-yang Qi to enter through your “Gate of Heaven” and merge with the subtle workings of yang qi you have perfected in your own body.
15 在修煉過程中，以迎祖炁，可使 上帝靈陽真炁，進入天門，而與自身修得之陽氣調和運化。
16 As time passes and your practice deepens, your “refined self” or “conferred spirit” can come and go as it pleases.
17 At the same time, and most importantly, there is the essential difference between Chinese Original Quiet Sitting and ordinary quiet sitting. The aim of most people who engage in quiet sitting is to personally benefit from it. They do it for health and longevity.
18 From our first Chinese Original Quiet Sitting Class up until now, we have told people that the essence of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting is “not to look for our own gain, and not to seek blessings for ourselves.”
19 Whether we practice quiet sitting, pray, or chant the Orisons, the foremost thing is not to look for our own gain. We should forget about ourselves. This is different from ordinary religious practice and folk beliefs.
20 We usually think of religious believers as people who are looking for spiritual solace. If they practice self-cultivation, it is in the hope of going to heaven someday, or returning to an ideal realm.
21 This is not all bad. Some even take it up so they may have a good fortune in their lifetime. They pray for more blessings, wealth, and longevity. All of these are superstitions.
22 You should realize that praying to deities or Buddhas cannot bring you fortune, wealth, or longevity. When teaching Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, we totally oppose this. The two types of practices are different in their fundamental intents.
23 Our fellow strivers, who practice Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, know that the aim of seeking the Dao is to save the world and its people. It is not just for self-cultivation in order to be free from reincarnations.
24 All of our methods of cultivation, whether saying prayers, chanting the Orisons or quiet sitting, aim at saving the world and its people. They are for the world and mankind.
25 To have conviction in these fundamental ideas is to have an indomitable spirit. It is to sacrifice ourselves and serve God. It is to fulfill our epochal mission of rescue during the End Time of the Third Epoch (culminating in the nuclear holocaust of the Third World War). Otherwise, we are wasting our time without the slightest benefit.
25 因此，要有正確基本觀念，就是要有大無畏的精神，犧牲自己，奉獻 上帝，完成挽救三期末劫(第三次世界大戰的核子毀滅浩劫)的時代使命。否則徒然浪費時間，一無所得。
26 Let us hope everyone expand their mind and change the way they think, so that they can practice the four cardinal disciplines each day.
27 Pray morning and evening to God for the sake of the people of the world, to avert and dispel nuclear wars. Pray also for Taiwan’s prosperity, so that China can someday be unified as per the Three Principles of the People. Next, practice quiet sitting as it was imparted to them.
27 早早晚晚祈禱 上帝，為整個世界人類化延核戰，一方面確保台灣安定繁榮，以三民主義早日統一中國。再依照傳授的方法靜坐。
28 Personal health and long life are minimal outcomes, which will come naturally without being sought.
29 We all seek good health and long life. What does it take to gain health and long life? If we keep our live styles well-regulated, avoid being selfish or looking for our own gain and chant the Orisons each day to save the people of the world, we will become pure in heart, temperate in desires and healthy in body naturally.
30 The desire for having longevity is to desire a very long life. But the wish for eternal life in this fleshly body can never be realized. Only the spirit is eternal.
31 Thus, we need to borrow from the false to cultivate the true. We temper jing, qi, and shen to create new life. Only after having cultivated a refined self can we have everlasting life.
32 Quiet sitting tempers the three unique treasures of human beings: jing, qi, and shen. Ordinary animals do not have them.
33 Tempering jing, qi, and shen create a new life, which endures. This life assumes a place at God’s side and abides with the universe.
33 經過鍛煉精、氣、神三寶，創造的新生命，可以永生，在 上帝左右，與宇宙共始終。
34 So many people in our human world hope for longevity, but they end up as a pinch of yellow dirt. None of their aims are realized. The few decades of human life are all too short.
35 You cannot take the fame and wealth that you acquired in this life with you when you depart from this world. You can only take your sins, merits and the result of your self-cultivation (achievement of quiet sitting).
36 Since you, as fellow strivers, have made a wish to join in the practice of quiet sitting, this begins a time of striving toward yourself. You are not here because of what someone else wanted. Let us hope everyone will make an honest, unremitting effort. Only in this way can you undertake the weighty duty of saving yourself and others.
 The "Gate of Heaven" is a non-physical orifice; its location is visualized as being on the crown of the head.
 Conferred spirit is a complete spirit being in the same shape and likeness of you when it was first created and would remain unchanged, only it would not have a flesh form. Earth immortal is a conferred spirit.
 The political thought of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, national father of the Republic of China. Dr. Sun Yat-sen led the democratic revolution which overthrew the Manchu Dynasty in 1911. The Lord of Universe Church acknowledges and stresses the importance of fellow-strivers' home country. For the best interest of Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, unification is the only way. The key point is that everyone should love his own country.