365 Tao: Daily Meditations
Deng Ming-Dao
ISBN 0-06-250223-9

Let us now follow vulgar leaders

Who exploit the fear of death,
And promise the bliss of salvation.
If we are truly happy,
They have nothing to offer us.

Some leaders use threats to win adherents. They invoke death to force
good behavior and herd people toward paradise.

Others woo with grand promises. If you have no satisfaction, they offer
bliss. If you feel inadequate, they offer success. If you are lonely,
they offer acceptance.

But if we do not fear death and are happy, what will such leaders have
to offer? Spirituality is an organic part of daily life, not something
dispensed by a professional. True spirituality is liberation, not just
from the delusions of reality but from the delusions of religion as
well. If we attain freedom from the fear of death, a sound way of
health, and a path of understanding through life, there is happiness and
no need for false leaders


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