1. “Making My Will Known”
1 I give my life to striving, but not for myself
2 I vow to strive and fight to the end [of life] for truth, for heaven and men, and for saving the world.
3 I keep myself estranged from the world and enjoy a carefree lifestyle
4 I choose to reduce my material desires to the bare minimum and live a plain and simple life, which is what other people find difficult to do. Be content with my fortune and obey the law. I have neither conflicts of interests nor favors or grudges with anyone. I choose to walk away from fame, wealth and my personal affairs to practice the Dao. I reclaim my freedom to be who I really am.
5 Preaching everywhere in the world
6 Being free to be who I am, I will act according to circumstances. I will not initiate any new social affinities and choose to end existing ones. I will delve into research to enrich our church doctrine and participate in religious studies in the academic world. I will travel around the world to teach the natural way of living and promote our church doctrine as a scholar, and as a new religionist.
7 Emulate sages and saints. What else is there to worry about?
8 The ways that saints and sages used to save the world since ancient times withstood the test of time. These ways remain flexible, in order to keep up and cope with the changing needs of the world. That is why it is said that: “Confucius, the saint who understands the timing of needs.”
9 Saints and sages, who can sacrifice themselves for the wellbeing of the majority, do not allow poverty to sway them or allow force to subdue them or allow wealth to temp or corrupt them. As long as one possesses a firm will, continue to strive, he will ultimately be able to accomplish his missions.
10 The names you have quoted on your letter are all famous ministers and utilitarians. They are what we call today politicians or military strategists. These people are far different from those saints and sage-like people that I have talked about.
11 That is the reason why within the past twenty years I kept myself estranged from the world. My desire is to emulate those saints and sages, live my own life and do what I please, and be completely carefree and content.
A manuscript to General Ding Delong from Master Teacher, October 18, 1945