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Maintain a perfect stillness,
And you will witness everything arising from this quietude.
Rising and falling,
Like your breath,
Everything without fail returns to the void.

When you are able to see that everything returns to the void,
You will have gained insight into the human condition.
Prior to attaining this insight,
You are under the constant risk of compulsive behavior,
And compulsive behavior can ruin your life.

When you attain this insight into the nature of things,
You will learn to embrace the entire world.
By embracing the entire world you will become profoundly unbiased.
By being profoundly unbiased you will become deeply selfless.
By being deeply selfless you will enter naturally into the stream of Tao.
And Tao takes care of its own.

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