道言浅近说 – 张三丰
Speaking of the Dao in plain words – ZhangSanFeng
translated by LI Siming, 2011
13. Real travel and sit
Travel around and site dryly, is not the way to the Dao.
Instead of travelling among cities and mountains, one should let energy travel among gates and holes throughout the body; instead of sitting dryly in cold hall, one should let spirit sit at the wonderful holes and locations.
Building the foundation of Elixir is the basic of Dao seeking, when the foundation of Elixir is built, one can go home work and take care of the parents, be a productive member of home and society, then go back to mountain, find teacher and complete the great Dao.
Those abandoning the family and wife, doing nothing but chanting and burning incense, are only deceivers making livings, not even worthy of discussion!
14. Regimen discussion: heart and kidney, saving energy without expectation
Maintain the body is based on calming the heart and nurturing the kidneys; when the heart is calm the “li” fire does not burn outward, when the kidneys are nurtured the “kan” water does not leak outward.
When fire does not burn outward, there is no sickness of shaken spirit, and the heart gets calmer; when water does not leak outward, there is no sickness of dried essence, and the kidneys get clearer.
When the kidneys are clear the life fire does not rush upward, when the heart is calm the spirit fire can light downward, spirit and essence fuse and condense with each other, and can be used to heal diseases, then one has the condition to start real practice.
When one is nurturing the spirit and energy, spirit is the master that collects energy.
Collect one portion of energy one gets one portion of treasure; collect ten portions of energy one gets ten portions of treasure. The preciousness of energy, ten pounds of gold or jade cannot exchange one portion of energy, practitioner why compete for interest and gain?
When interest is high anger and hatred arise, anger and hatred belongs to fire, energy is fuel for fire, when anger and hatred arise, energy goes away, energy goes away despite of one wanting to keep it. What is worse, mother and son fly away together. Therefore in nurturing energy it is important to abstain from anger and hatred, and to focus on nurturing the mind and spirit.
Achievement and fame mostly occurred unexpectedly, therefore do not attach mind to money and abundance. Confucius said: “Learn, and money is in it.” Same is hold true for seeking the Dao, do not expect or greed for results. When meditate, must calm the mind and condense the spirit, do not hold any slight mind of speculation or expectation, just embrace internal breathing in practice.
15. Take lightly on bodily comfort
Refining the mind, start from small and eventually to bid. Now we are in hot weather, one bowl of rice is sufficient, do not seek for further full; one piece of coolness is sufficient, do not seek for further cool; few mosquitoes is ok, seek for mosquito free is not achievable. Start from tiny to big, right now is the place to refine the mind. Find sweetness in bitterness, find life in death, this is theory of Dao cultivation.
16. Understand truth thoroughly before proceeding
The pathway to the Golden Elixir, although some say is easy to understand and difficult to practice, should not be proceeded blindly without seeking to understand. If the understanding is not proper, where is one proceeding to? If understanding is not thorough, how can one enter the right place? If the understanding is not in place, what is the use of spoken formula!
Those learning the Dao, have to clear their mind and intent, in order to obtain the real and pure medicine.
Do not indulge in acquired personality, do not run the thinking spirit, do not use the breathing air, do not use the biological essence.
But when does the real essence moves, where does the real spirit arises, where does the real energy run, where does the real nature nurture, one needs to differentiate clearly from experienced person.
When energy is wise spirit is pure, energy is the moment-by-moment surface of the spirit, how is it difficult to know? One only need to concern about the mind not being quiet.
Collecting and inputting energy is the first most important step of practicing the Dao, if the mind is not quiet for careful contemplation, one will not know the end and the beginning, how can one proceed?
Proceeding blindly and ignorantly, know this without know that, the mind is busy and busy, and there will be trivial mind appearing from time to time, and cannot be united, when the one mind is scattered into few pieces, how can one concentrate can practice?
To learn the Dao one need to be sincere and focus, finish the enemy in one shoot, so to prevent future battle.
17. Sincerity and honesty as helpful attitudes
When start meditating, one need to quiet both the mind and spirit, empty and silence, in state even ghost or god does not know.
The kungfu is based on self examination and honesty, and eventually one obtains.
What means to sincere one’s intent, is to not deceive oneself.
Sincere in the center and manifest in the outer, therefore good student remain cautious when alone.