Things One Must Know

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1. One must know that all visible phenomena, being
illusory, are unreal.
2. One must know that the mind, being without independent
existence (apart from the One Mind), is impermanent.
3. One must know that ideas arise from a concatenation
of causes.
4. One must know that the body and speech, being
compounded of the four elements, are transitory.
5. One must know that the effects of past actions,
whence cometh all sorrow, are inevitable.
6. One must know that sorrow, being the means of
convincing one of the need of the religious, is a guru.
7. One must know that attachment to worldly things maketh
material prosperity inimical to spiritual progress.
8. One must know that misfortune, being the means of
leading one to the Doctrine, is also a guru.
9. One must know that no existing thing has an
independent existence.
10.One must know that all things are independent.

source: Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, Precepts of the Gurus
image: Eddie’s Garden, Eddie’s Photos, Caladium August 2016

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11 thoughts on “Things One Must Know

  1. Thank you for the reminder about the illusion we call life. This has helped me today. Bless you and your garden, your photography is always gorgeous. Peace.

    • ‘Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines’ are teachings not for the ‘ordinary’ individual.
      Presented here is just a small excerpt from them to wet one’s appetite.
      Thank you very much for your kind words today Amy Rose.

  2. Wonderful List Eddie.and yes we are all interdependent upon other things…. Air, Water.. plants for food.. Another post to open ones eyes of things we must know. _/\_ Sue

    • These “Things One Must Know” are just a small part of the training involved that a serious student of ‘Tibetan Yoga’
      would follow. They are solely presented here as an introduction for any persons interested in this type of yoga.
      This was something that drew my attention as a young man.
      Thank you so very much Sue for your kind and thoughtful words today. with love, Eddie

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