171. Cultivating the Dao Requires Tempering the Mind First and Foremost
1 The Lord of Universe Church stresses the importance of pragmatism. Strivers need to not only understand the “Mindfulness of the Highest Heaven Method” but also to put their understanding into practice. To make “tempering the mind” a reality, “knowing” must be accompanied by “practice.”
2 The choice of being good or evil depends on a change of mind. Everything begins with a thought. All evil things are created by the human mind. To revolutionize a society one must look to the human mind first.
3 The “Mindfulness of the Highest Heaven Method” of the Lord of Universe Church is all about keeping one’s mind non-chaotic and keeping the worldly mind still.
4 To cultivate the Dao one must temper the mind first. The daily five cardinal disciplines are the foundation and also the shortcut for becoming a divine being on Earth. Tempering the mind begins with self- examination so that the innate mind can be restored.
5 The innate mind was originally pure and full of light, and became contaminated by a variety of materialistic desires which were emerging in the world, and which led to the abandonment of the innate mind.
6 The Lord of Universe Church asks strivers to temper their minds, using the Twenty Watchwords as the Code of Life, in order to keep their innate minds uncontaminated. We ask strivers to practice the five cardinal disciplines every day. To reflect and repent before going to bed and to acknowledge and correct the mistakes made.
7 We ask strivers to hold a glass of water while reciting a few rounds of the Twenty Watchwords and then drink the manna water. This is called cleansing the heart [mind]. They are also asked to choose two of the Twenty Watchwords and follow them in all their daily activities, be it eating, sleeping, working, conducting themselves or interacting with others. Strivers should continue “tempering” themselves during all their daily activities.
8 By doing so, strivers’ mind will be swept clean and their original innocence and righteous character will be restored.
9 Eventually the mind becomes tempered to the point where it can stand up to any temptation, and remains unmoved no matter what desires it is exposed to. At that point, although it could become unruffled when in danger, it could not be subdued by force, robbed by poverty or debased by wealth. Clearly, it is not easy to temper the mind.
10 When one reaches maturity in tempering the mind, he can see through worldly things and become indifferent to material things. This attainment can change one’s temperament, dispose of bad habits, make the mind unmoved and keep it quiet. At this time, crooked thoughts could be turned into upright thoughts and then into no thoughts.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, June 9, 1993