The Way and the Principle
by The Maui Taoist
I only follow the Way, that is the only real use for all knowledge. The Way is all about the study of the self. Study the self until there is no more self. If you can learn to be able to walk away from anything, people, things, or your mind and even your body, you will have all the powers of the universe; you could merge with space and become one with all things without any worldly concerns. You would have cultivated the awareness of total freedom.
With this understanding; you will have a new perspective that will change your idea of “truth”… That there is only one truth worth knowing and that is your destiny, and when you know this, you might ask yourself…
“Does anything else really matter anymore?”
All things can be transcended by following the Way, when you know you have no needs that are unmet; when you realize the whole universe belongs to you in the sense that you and “it” are one and the same. Therefore, I only follow the Way, if you do not, after you know this truth, then you do not believe that it is the true Way.
An ancient sage once said: “This would be such a pity. To wait a lifetime only to be shown the Way and then to not believe in it and walk away; you would be an ignoramus!” That is why it is said that “superior people follow the way and lesser people scoff at it and make fun of it, if they did not, surely, it is not the way!”
The principle of the Way is only the essential. This essential nature is called “Selflessness”. Through Selflessness, we gain objectivity, from which comes clarity.
If you indulge in “feelings” and “emotions”, it is because of Ego and that pulls you down into subjectivity and ignorance. You must be discerning of the essential and eliminate subjectivity. If you can do that, you will be faced with the truth, confirming that the Way is the one and only one; it is really quite simple.
Desire is originally not there. If you see through desires and keep to Principle, then nothing can harm you.
Desire is like a cancer that consumes us from the inside without any outward signs…and objectively seeing the simplicity of Essence, and keeping to that principle, is the cure.
Remember how everyone used to think the Earth was flat? This belief was the foundation for a whole belief system. When people discovered the earth was round everything they thought they knew was wrong…