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    Research on the textChapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Confucius giving the Buddha child toLaozi, China, Qing Dynasty


    Mahavairocana Buddha seated on a golden lotus flower , by Unkei, 13th C, Japan


    The translation and interpretation of The Secret of the Golden Flower in this

    website is based on the idea that all esoteric traditions have the same inner

    meaning. In China during the Song (9601279) and Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties,

    Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism were considered to be different paths to

    the same goal.

    Is it not a fact that the three doctrines (of Taoism, Buddhism and

    Confucianism) may be three, but the Way is ultimately one? But that

    hasn`t stopped the priesthood of later generations from sole devotion to

    their own sects and repudiation of others, causing the basic essentials

    of all three philosophies to be lost in false distinctions, so that theycannot be unified and end up at the same goal. -- Introduction of

    Understanding Reality by Chang Po-tuan (11th C. Taoist master)

    Although these scriptures are the source of foreknowledge and

    reflection for my school, they are truly the origin of all Three Schools.

    -- Journey to the West (one of the four great Chinese classical novels)

    Not only Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are different paths to the same

    goal, the inner meaning of all esoteric traditions is basically the same. In fact,

    once one understands the inner meaning, one sees they are actually the same

    path to the same goal.

    Ask of those who have attained God; all speak the same word. All the

    saints are of one mind; it is only those in the midst of the way who

    follow diverse paths. All the enlightened have left one message; it is

    only those in the midst of their journeywho hold diverse opinions.

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    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13


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    Iranian miniature of a warrior smellinga flower,1651, Hermitage museum,

    St. Petersburg

    A drawing by William Blake
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    A rock painting in the Canyon StateHistorical Park, Texas. 2,000 BC

    Hexagram #1 Heaven, from the I Ching

    -- Dadu (16th c. Indian saint)

    The Hierarchy is one, and the esoteric sides of all religions were

    launched by it, as was the great experiment started through

    Ouspensky and Gurdjieff for our own time.

    -- Rodney Collin (20th c. Fourth Way spiritual teacher)

    The sacred texts of all esoteric traditions use symbols and metaphors.

    Higher esoteric ideas are coded to protect the knowledge from being

    lost in the tide of time and humanity. They are coded through symbol,

    sign, idiom, analogy, metaphor, and parable, to protect esoteric

    knowledge from the profane. -- Alexander Horn ( c. Fourth Way

    spiritual teacher)

    The sutras of the Buddha contain countless metaphors. Because

    mortals have shallow minds, they don't understand anything deep.

    -- Bodhidharma (First Patriach of Zen Buddhism. 6th c.)

    These symbols and metaphors can be unique to one particular tradition, relating

    to the culture and time that the tradition developed in, or common to many or all

    esoteric traditions.

    The mystery of Christ`s redemption was not absent in any previous

    era, but it was made known under different symbols.

    -- St. Augustine (4th c. Christian saint)

    The inner meaning of all symbols in saced texts revolve around the principles of

    control of the worldly lower self, the cultivation of a spiritual path, and the

    awakening of the Higher Self into the Divine Present.

    From the most ancient times till today, this is not empty talk, but the

    sequence of the Great Way in the true method of producing an

    eternally living and immortal spirit and holy man.....When the conscious

    spirit has been transformed into the primal spirit, then only one can say

    that it has attained an infinite capacity for transformations and,

    departing from the cycle of births, has been brought to the sixfold

    present, golden genius. -- Commentary on Chapter 2 of the Secret of

    the Golden Flower (Edition of Richard Wilhem)

    The holy man who understands the mysteries of creation inherent in

    end and beginning, becomes superior to the limitations of the

    transitory. For him, the meaning of time is that in it, the stages of

    growth can unfold in a clear sequence. He is mindful at every moment

    and uses the six stages of growth as if they were six dragons (theimage attributed to the individual lines) on which he mounts to Heaven.-

    - Commentary on hexagram #1, the Creative (The I Ching p 371,

    Wilhelm/Baynes edition)

    Heaven refers to an internal state of peace and true happiness. Everyone is

    looking for happiness in their life. Most people think that external things such as

    money, power, status or relationships will make one happy. When people

    understand that true happiness comes from within, and cannot come from

    externals, they become interested in religion or spirituality. Those who are

    fortunate, know that happiness is an internal state of conscious awareness, in

    which one is freed from one`s inner demons.

    Happiness as a path is all a matter of compliance; the way to bring

    about happiness is to be able to act in accord with the time. When one

    acts in accord with the time, the yang energy expands, so that all

    demons flee. The life-giving potential continues increasing, and the

    earth is always covered with yellow sprouts, the world blooms

    A Mexican figurine called "FirstWoman" with a vessel coming from

    her heart, 1200 BC

    Jacobs Ladder, Jacques Stella (c. 1650)Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    (Click to enlarge)

    Two dragons chasing a flaming pearl

    (Click to enlarge)

    Reality is so subtle that the ancientimmortals called this reality a tiny pearl.In reality it has no such shape; they ca ll

    it thus because there is a point ofconscious energy hidden in the center,and because that point of awareness

    contains the whole cosmos, space, andthe universe.-- Liu Yiming
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    St. Clare of Assisi w ith the Christ childholding a flower , (Andrei Rublov)

    withGolden Flowers.Wherever one may walk, everywhere is the Tao.

    No happiness is more delightful than this. -- Liu Yiming (The Taoist I

    Ching, Hexagram 16 Joy)

    The body of pure yang was happy in the sun, the yin demons dared not

    use their might. -- Journey to the West Ch99

    The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions The taoist I Ching Being Presence First Living Presence

    Journey to the West Japanese symbols of Presence Gurdjieff - Becoming Conscious

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