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<ul><li><p>7/26/2019 The Secret of the Golden Flower 1 Introduction</p><p> 1/3</p><p>Introduction</p><p>Research on the textChapter 1</p><p>Chapter 2</p><p>Chapter 3</p><p>Chapter 4</p><p>Chapter 5</p><p>Chapter 6</p><p>Chapter 7</p><p>Confucius giving the Buddha child toLaozi, China, Qing Dynasty</p><p>&gt;</p><p>Mahavairocana Buddha seated on a golden lotus flower , by Unkei, 13th C, Japan</p><p>Introduction</p><p>The translation and interpretation of The Secret of the Golden Flower in this</p><p>website is based on the idea that all esoteric traditions have the same inner</p><p>meaning. In China during the Song (9601279) and Ming (1368-1644) Dynasties,</p><p>Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism were considered to be different paths to</p><p>the same goal.</p><p>Is it not a fact that the three doctrines (of Taoism, Buddhism and</p><p>Confucianism) may be three, but the Way is ultimately one? But that</p><p>hasn`t stopped the priesthood of later generations from sole devotion to</p><p>their own sects and repudiation of others, causing the basic essentials</p><p>of all three philosophies to be lost in false distinctions, so that theycannot be unified and end up at the same goal. -- Introduction of</p><p>Understanding Reality by Chang Po-tuan (11th C. Taoist master)</p><p>Although these scriptures are the source of foreknowledge and</p><p>reflection for my school, they are truly the origin of all Three Schools.</p><p>-- Journey to the West (one of the four great Chinese classical novels)</p><p>Not only Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are different paths to the same</p><p>goal, the inner meaning of all esoteric traditions is basically the same. In fact,</p><p>once one understands the inner meaning, one sees they are actually the same</p><p>path to the same goal.</p><p>Ask of those who have attained God; all speak the same word. All the</p><p>saints are of one mind; it is only those in the midst of the way who</p><p>follow diverse paths. All the enlightened have left one message; it is</p><p>only those in the midst of their journeywho hold diverse opinions.</p><p>Chapter 8</p><p>Chapter 9Chapter 10</p><p>Chapter 11</p><p>Chapter 12</p><p>Chapter 13</p><p>Summary</p><p>About &amp; Contact</p><p>links</p><p>Iranian miniature of a warrior smellinga flower,1651, Hermitage museum,</p><p>St. Petersburg</p><p>A drawing by William Blake</p></li><li><p>7/26/2019 The Secret of the Golden Flower 1 Introduction</p><p> 2/3</p><p>A rock painting in the Canyon StateHistorical Park, Texas. 2,000 BC</p><p>Hexagram #1 Heaven, from the I Ching</p><p>-- Dadu (16th c. Indian saint)</p><p>The Hierarchy is one, and the esoteric sides of all religions were</p><p>launched by it, as was the great experiment started through</p><p>Ouspensky and Gurdjieff for our own time.</p><p>-- Rodney Collin (20th c. Fourth Way spiritual teacher)</p><p>The sacred texts of all esoteric traditions use symbols and metaphors.</p><p>Higher esoteric ideas are coded to protect the knowledge from being</p><p>lost in the tide of time and humanity. They are coded through symbol,</p><p>sign, idiom, analogy, metaphor, and parable, to protect esoteric</p><p>knowledge from the profane. -- Alexander Horn ( c. Fourth Way</p><p>spiritual teacher)</p><p>The sutras of the Buddha contain countless metaphors. Because</p><p>mortals have shallow minds, they don't understand anything deep.</p><p>-- Bodhidharma (First Patriach of Zen Buddhism. 6th c.)</p><p>These symbols and metaphors can be unique to one particular tradition, relating</p><p>to the culture and time that the tradition developed in, or common to many or all</p><p>esoteric traditions.</p><p>The mystery of Christ`s redemption was not absent in any previous</p><p>era, but it was made known under different symbols.</p><p>-- St. Augustine (4th c. Christian saint)</p><p>The inner meaning of all symbols in saced texts revolve around the principles of</p><p>control of the worldly lower self, the cultivation of a spiritual path, and the</p><p>awakening of the Higher Self into the Divine Present.</p><p>From the most ancient times till today, this is not empty talk, but the</p><p>sequence of the Great Way in the true method of producing an</p><p>eternally living and immortal spirit and holy man.....When the conscious</p><p>spirit has been transformed into the primal spirit, then only one can say</p><p>that it has attained an infinite capacity for transformations and,</p><p>departing from the cycle of births, has been brought to the sixfold</p><p>present, golden genius. -- Commentary on Chapter 2 of the Secret of</p><p>the Golden Flower (Edition of Richard Wilhem)</p><p>The holy man who understands the mysteries of creation inherent in</p><p>end and beginning, becomes superior to the limitations of the</p><p>transitory. For him, the meaning of time is that in it, the stages of</p><p>growth can unfold in a clear sequence. He is mindful at every moment</p><p>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.-</p><p>- Commentary on hexagram #1, the Creative (The I Ching p 371,</p><p>Wilhelm/Baynes edition)</p><p>Heaven refers to an internal state of peace and true happiness. Everyone is</p><p>looking for happiness in their life. Most people think that external things such as</p><p>money, power, status or relationships will make one happy. When people</p><p>understand that true happiness comes from within, and cannot come from</p><p>externals, they become interested in religion or spirituality. Those who are</p><p>fortunate, know that happiness is an internal state of conscious awareness, in</p><p>which one is freed from one`s inner demons.</p><p>Happiness as a path is all a matter of compliance; the way to bring</p><p>about happiness is to be able to act in accord with the time. When one</p><p>acts in accord with the time, the yang energy expands, so that all</p><p>demons flee. The life-giving potential continues increasing, and the</p><p>earth is always covered with yellow sprouts, the world blooms</p><p>A Mexican figurine called "FirstWoman" with a vessel coming from</p><p>her heart, 1200 BC</p><p>Jacobs Ladder, Jacques Stella (c. 1650)Los Angeles County Museum of Art</p><p>(Click to enlarge)</p><p>Two dragons chasing a flaming pearl</p><p>(Click to enlarge)</p><p>Reality is so subtle that the ancientimmortals called this reality a tiny pearl.In reality it has no such shape; they ca ll</p><p>it thus because there is a point ofconscious energy hidden in the center,and because that point of awareness</p><p>contains the whole cosmos, space, andthe universe.-- Liu Yiming</p></li><li><p>7/26/2019 The Secret of the Golden Flower 1 Introduction</p><p> 3/3</p><p>St. Clare of Assisi w ith the Christ childholding a flower , (Andrei Rublov)</p><p>withGolden Flowers.Wherever one may walk, everywhere is the Tao.</p><p>No happiness is more delightful than this. -- Liu Yiming (The Taoist I</p><p>Ching, Hexagram 16 Joy)</p><p>The body of pure yang was happy in the sun, the yin demons dared not</p><p>use their might. -- Journey to the West Ch99</p><p>The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions The taoist I Ching Being Presence First Living Presence</p><p>Journey to the West Japanese symbols of Presence Gurdjieff - Becoming Conscious</p><p> Copyright 2012-2015 Walther Sell</p></li></ul>


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