231. The Significance of Red Heart
1 Day by day, people are busy with meeting the five basic needs of life: clothing, food, housing, transportation, and sex. Who can be desire-free? How can one be satisfied with greed? As such, negative qi (yin etropons) becomes excessively abundant while the number of positive qi (yang etropons) decreases. When the heart of Dao cannot be in control, people’s lives become disorderly. As they stray, perverse acts and behaviors are observed.
2 If one can have an upright mind, he can moderate his desires, without always requiring big meal, or without demanding extremely comfortable housing, he can live a simple life that shows his true goal in life and knows when “enough is enough.” He can, then, focus his attention on the wellbeing of his fellow human beings, assist them in helping one another, and help them satisfy their “proper” desires. He is pure- minded in doing what he can for the continuation of human life.
3 Beginning with doing physical work and moving on to metaphysical work, he can utilize material means to help him return back to nature. When the human mind and the Dao mindset reach harmony naturally, the body and mind can settle down, his spirit and materials needs come to a balance, which is to say that when the yin and yang etropons come to a proper energy threshold, there is harmony. The heart of saints and sages is merely following the “unbiased approach.”
4 The mind that seeks the union of heaven and humanity, the mind that reaches harmony of men and the Dao heart, and the mind that allows interflow between the yang etropons and yin etropons is what we called the “red heart.” It is also the innate heart. Based on the aforementioned, the red heart signifies the mutual progress of spiritual and material growth.
Red Heart Monthly, August 1, 1946