Section 1 : Significance of the Equality of Sacred and Mundane

第一節 聖凡平等之意義

  The first concluding phrase that distills the ideas of this book is the “The Third Theory of Godhood”; the second is “Equality of Sacred and Mundane”. Since deities and humans both owe their being to the same e-tropic source, there are no fundamental differences other than those of degree. If there are no fundamental differences, naturally there is equality between them. Humans fall short of deities in wisdom and cultivation, but not in a fundamental way. Thus the Buddha said, “All sentient beings possess Buddha-nature”. This book puts it in the following way:


  Sacred and mundane share the same origin;
  Mundane and sacred have the same foundation.
  Their foundation and their origin
  Are in spiral harmony.
  Master spiral harmony;
  Turn your striving toward Heaven.
  With arduous training, rough tempering,
  Transcend the mundane and be the sacred.

    聖凡同源  凡聖同基
    其基其源  在於旋和
    把握旋和  向天奮鬥
    苦煉艱磨  超凡入聖

  Deities are persons. Personhood is a foundation for spirituality; the sacred is reached by persons through cultivation. We should not let deities and sacred beings intimidate us: immortals and buddhas were not originally such lofty beings. All of them got there on the strength of their mundane bodies, by training and tempering to remake themselves. Thus one can say: “sacred and mundane are equal!”