By Brian Walker

The appropriate significant other to Stephen Mitchell's model of the Tao Te Ching, this can be the magnificent rendering of Lao Tzu's additional writings. all the eighty-one teachings awarded by means of Taoist pupil and poet Brian Walker are wealthy with knowledge, secret, and startling enlightenment.

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Seventy-Five Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower realms of life? Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

A wise instructor teaches the powerful principles of selfintegration only to those who have already achieved a high level of self-purification and self-mastery. In addition, all proper teaching follows the law of energy response: the most effective method is always that to which the student's natural energy most harmoniously responds. For one, celibacy and self-cultivation will be appropriate; for another, properly guided dual cultivation will derive the greatest benefit. A discerning teacher will determine the proper balance of practices for each individual.

Avoid following impulses and pursuing ambitions which destroy the wholeness of your mind and separate you from the Page 41 Integral Way. Neither become obsessed with circumstances nor forego awareness of them. To manage your mind, know that there is nothing, and then relinquish all attachment to the nothingness. Seventy-Three The teacher cannot aid the student as long as the student's spirit is contaminated. The cleansing of the spiritual contamination is not the responsibility of the teacher, but of the student.

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