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January 28, 2016


A bench cushion is squeezed down when one sits upon it, but it soon resumes its original shape when the pressure is removed. So it is with so-called worldly men. They are full of religious sentiments and follow the rituals to a tee, so long as they hear religious talks; but no sooner do they come back into the atmosphere of the daily routine of the world, than they splashdown and forget all those high and noble thoughts. They become as impure as they were before. Or there are those that enjoy listening to a talk, but once the talk runs longer than they thought it would, they start rattling their keys and shifting around in their seats; anxious to leave. Such people have no connection with the Dao. You are either one in the Dao or out. Are you in or out?