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Tao Acquisition - conclusion

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Before we end I would like to point out some principles of conduct mentioned by the Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu (Old Master).
Developing a correct way of life creates a source of invulnerability. Lao-Tzu stated that it was not luck that protects us from danger, but rather refraining from cultivating weaknesses. Hence the reason why the wise would not expose himself to unnecessary risks. They are aware of life's ups and downs. They concentrate their energies searching for elements to improve their conditions.

Inappropriate thoughts, words and deeds generate bad karma.
Thoughts or feelings of envy, hatred or betrayal. Words of anger, disrespect or deception. Acts of violence, theft or squandering.
To correct these weaknesses is to neutralize the risks they bear.
We do this by cultivating pure thoughts, pure words and pure deeds. Tao cultivation is a process of purification of the mind, body and spirit.

Lao-Tzu also teaches us that it isn't prudent to work or exercise excessively. 'The flame that hastily burns, promptly loses its sparkle'? moderation in activity, consumption and harmony with the cycles of nature are the key to a long life. To know yourself is to be connected to an Universe in which everything is interrelated. Abstain from exaggerated sexual practices and alcohol and drug use. Gluttony and wastefulness should also be restrained'eat to live, not live to eat. Our Heavenly Mother provides us with everything that we need, including food'therefore, at mealtimes do not serve yourself or order more food than you will be able to eat at one sitting. This concludes today's lecture on the subject of what is Tao.

Please forgive me Divine Mother La-Mu and all present, if I have in any way omitted or altered the contents of the Holy Teachings. Thank you all for your kindness.

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updated SEP 27, 2009
posted by 00b83c38

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woajiaorobert:

I perceive this posting to be your own speaker's notes. A lot of liberty can be permitted in the oral presentation of information and a great deal of compositional latitude is permitted in speaker's notes. You don't need to change much in this document. Still, you knew I would not leave it alone. Here are my proposals for your speaking notes.

Use lots of white space so that if you need to add hand-written notes, there is a place for you to do that.

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These 'tricks? may help to relocate your place in the notes if you get sidetracked by questions or disruptions during your presentation.

I hope your presentation and delivery go well for you. I believe you have put lots of energy into your preparation and that you should benefit from that upon your presentation.

Best regards to you,

Moe

*Before we end I would like to point out some principles of conduct mentioned by the Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu (Old Master).

(New Paragraph) Developing a correct way of life creates a source of invulnerability. Lao-Tzu stated that it was not luck that protects us from danger, but rather refraining from cultivating weaknesses. That's the reason why the wise would not expose themselves to unnecessary risks. They are aware of life's ups and downs. They concentrate their energies searching for elements to improve their conditions.

(New Paragraph) Inappropriate thoughts, words and deeds generate bad karma. Here are some inppropriate actions:
? Thoughts or feelings of envy, hatred or betrayal.
? Words of anger, disrespect or deception.
? Acts of violence, theft or squandering
? The list goes on and on

(New Paragraph) To correct these weaknesses is to neutralize the risks they bear.
We neutralize the risks when we cultivate
? pure thoughts,
? pure words, and
? pure deeds.
Tao cultivation is a process of purification of the mind, body and spirit.

(New Paragraph) Lao-Tzu also teaches us that it isn't prudent to work or exercise excessively.
'The flame that hastily burns, promptly loses its sparkle'?
moderation in
? activity,
? consumption, and
? harmony with the cycles of nature
these are the key to a long life.

(New Paragraph) To know yourself is to be connected to a Universe in which everything is interrelated. Abstain from exaggerated sexual practices and from alcohol and drug use.

(New Paragraph) Gluttony and wastefulness should also be restrained'eat to live, not live to eat. Our Heavenly Mother provides us with everything that we need, including food'therefore, at mealtimes do not serve yourself or order more food than you will be able to eat at one sitting.

(New Paragraph) This concludes today's lecture on the subject of what is Tao.

[color=red][/color](New Paragraph) Please forgive me Divine Mother La-Mu and all present, if I have in any way omitted or altered the contents of the Holy Teachings. Thank you all for your kindness. *

updated SEP 27, 2009
posted by Moe
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Your right Heidita, it takes a lot of scrutiny to proofread something like this. Although I thought that the word exaggerated already covered that.

updated MAY 20, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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(New Paragraph) To know yourself is to be connected to a Universe in which everything is interrelated. Abstain from exaggerated sexual practices and from alcohol and drug use.

I would have used abuse here.

updated MAY 20, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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