A Song to Inspire the World / 劝世歌

Because of my eagerness to liberate the world, I sincerely spoke a lot.
Buddha also pointed directly to life and death
to show what is most valuable.
Lao-tzu also suggested that all trouble comes from the lower self,
and transmitted the spirit of heavenly mind and primordial energy,
but people still not recognize it.


Now I will give a general direction to the road of finding the truth:
The pervasive principle of the central Yellow Court contains the great changes of yin and yang.


When one establishes the right state, that is the mysterious pass. 
You stabilize your breathing at midnight, noon, and in between.


Once the light returns to the primal aperture, ten thousand spirits are in peace.
The medicine comes about from the river source, the unified energy arises from the one true breath.


It passes through a veil and transmutes with golden light;
The single disk of a red sun constantly shines with brilliance.


People of the world mistake the vitalities of water and fire; 
Conveying them between heart and genitals, producing separation.


How can the human way meet the Heavenly Mind?
If in accord with the celestial, the way is naturally met.


Let go of the ten thousand entanglements, so that nothing comes to mind;
this is the true infinity of the primordial.


The vast cosmic space is silent, signs are absent;
At the pass of essence and life, you forget conceptual consciousness and discriminating awareness.


After discriminations and distinctions are all gone, you see the true reality.
The water clears up and the pearl appears, mysterious and unfathomable:


Endless afflictions disappear all at once.
The jade capital sends down nine-dragon decree;


Riding on the clouds and ascending to the sky, you arrive at the gateway of Heaven:
Controlling wind and lightning, you make the thunder rumble.


Focusing the spirit and steadying breath are for beginners;
retreating to hide in secrecy is eternal calm.


Two poems that I initiated long ago both convey the Great Way. “After midnight and before noon” doesn’t refer to the time, but to water and fire“Settling the breath” means returning to the root (the central Yellow Chamber) with each breath. “Sitting” means that the mind is unmoved. The “mid-spine where the ribs join” does not refer to vertebrae; it is the great road directly through to the jade capital. As for the “double pass,” there is something ineffable in it. “Thunder in the earth rumbles, setting in motion rain on the mountain” means the arising of true energy. The “yellow sprouts emerging from the ground” refers to the growth of the true medicine. These two little verses express everything you need to practice the Great Way. If you understand this, you will not be confused by others.


Once, Confucius and his disciple Yanhui hiked to the top of Mount Tai. Gazing into the distance over the Wu area (Jiangsu province), Yanhui got fascinated by the far view of a white horse galloping. Confucius immediately covered Yanhui’s eyes with his hands, so as to block Yanhui’s spiritual energy from leaking away. Turning around the light is just so important!


Turning the light around is a matter of single-minded practice: just use the true breath to stabilize awareness in the central chamber. After a long time at this you will naturally commune with the spirit and attain transmutation. Quieting the mind and stabilizing energy is the basis. When the mind is forgotten and the energy congeals, this is a sign of effectiveness. The emptiness of the mind and the quietness of breath is the formation of the elixir. The unity of mind and energy is incubation. Clarifying the mind and seeing its essence is the Way. You should practice diligently; it would be such a pity if you wasted time. If you do not practice for a day, you are a ghost for a day; if you do breathe one true breath, you are a realized immortal for a breath. Carry on! Keep it up!