The Teachings of Billionaire Yen Tzu Volume II

6 more lessons containing a wealth of esoteric secrets, enlightening stories and practical wisdom explained within The Teachings of Yen Tzu that will develop every area of your life.

Lesson VII - KNOWING THE EAGLE
Realising Desires; Needing Nothing

Lesson VIII - FIGHTING THE RAT
Harnessing Conscience Power

Lesson IX - SEEING THE SNAKE
Raising Awareness and Concentration

Lesson X - HOLDING THE CARP
Cultivating Your SuperConscious

Lesson XI - KISSING THE SCORPION
Following Your True Nature

Lesson XII - AWAITING THE TURTLE
Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

‘I would be honoured to assist your Greatness in this matter,’ said Chih-Po, rushing forward.

Counsellor Tang turned in the direction of his approaching assistant and asked, ‘Are you aware of the difficulties associated with such a business as this?’

‘Listening to you, your Worship, has provided me with the knowledge associated with such a business as this,’ answered the bowing courtier. ‘You just have to instruct me on the outcome that you want and I will see that it will be done?’

‘Even if what I might want may cause rifts for the people or business concerned?’ questioned Tang.

‘Although a humble assistant counsellor, my lord, I am a teacher, and as such believe myself to be a good judge of character. I do not have to meet the men to whom you refer, to be of the opinion that, as they have brought such consternation to one so revered, their actions must be in question. As such, any injury that I or another may give to them is simply their due brought on by themselves.’

‘Well, I know these men involved and I believe them to be good, which is why I am questioning my own thinking.’ Counsellor Tang commented.

‘Of course, your Honour,’ replied Chih-Po. ‘Allow me to visit them in going about their business so that I can report to you...’

‘Enough!’ interrupted Counsellor Tang. ‘How can you evaluate others when you yourself possess the Eight Faults and apply the Four Evils that beset the undertakings of all men.’ And turning to the advisor on his right said, ‘Chang, remind this “judge of character” that anyone knowing themselves must examine each one carefully.’

‘Yes Counsellor,’ replied Chang who, turning to face Chih-Po, proceeded to do so.

‘To do what is not your business to do is called officiousness.

‘To rush forward when your comments are unsolicited is obsequiousness.

‘To echo a man’s opinions and try to draw him out in speech is called sycophancy.

‘To speak without regard for what is right or wrong is called flattery.

‘To delight in talking about other men’s failings is called calumny.

‘To break up friendships and set kinsfolk at odds is called maliciousness.

‘To praise falsely and hypocritically so as to cause injury and evil to others is called wickedness.

‘Without thought for right or wrong, to try and steal a glimpse of the other party’s wishes, is called treachery.

‘These eight faults inflict chaos on others and injury on the possessor.

‘As for the four evils,’ continued Chang, ‘these are:

‘To be fond of plunging into great undertakings to enhance your merit and fame; this is called avidity.

‘To insist that you know it all, that everything be done your way, snatching from others and appropriating for your own use; this is called avarice.

‘To see your errors but refuse to change, to listen to remonstrance but go on behaving worse than before; this is called obstinacy.

‘When men agree with you to commend them; when they disagree with you, to see no goodness in them, when it is there; this is called bigotry.’

‘So,’ spoke Counsellor Tang. ‘When you, Teacher Chih-Po, can do away with the Eight Faults and avoid committing the Four Evils, then and only then will you become capable of being taught. Before any man is qualified to evaluate another he must first be capable of being taught self-evaluation. Until that time you are dismissed for I have no need of services such as yours!’

• Although never a day passes without our evaluating others, very few of us ever evaluate ourselves. Common sense tells us that we cannot evaluate another before we are able to evaluate ourselves, yet common practice proves otherwise. Judging the character of another is not a question of social status or seniority, though many people believe their ‘position’ enables them able to evaluate someone quickly. However, these same people have never evaluated themselves using the same criteria with which they evaluate others.

• Those people who are responsible for regularly evaluating or appraising others will readily admit, if asked, that to be qualified to evaluate another, you first need to have evaluated your own thoughts and actions. Yet how many of them will want to admit that they have never actually done so themselves? Think for a moment about the people in the area you live in and the people you meet and work with: neighbours, colleagues, friends, customers, guests, new acquaintances and relatives. Consider the time you spend evaluating, appraising, analysing, assessing, considering or judging them. Now take a moment to reflect on the following: how much of each day do you spend in self-evaluation?

• Daily self-evaluation is the vital key to awakening your self-awareness. It is no use trying to imagine what awakened self-awareness is like before it is attained. Approach it the other way and see the result that non-awareness has on your life. Being unaware is like thinking that tomorrow will be different while you inwardly remain the same. Outer change demands inner change, and only through self-evaluation can we begin to see how to do things in a new way, a way that is beneficial. Nothing beneficial, however, can ever happen to us until we see something about ourselves that we were previously unaware of. Rather than ask, ‘what can I do so that I can at last be happy?’, we can ask ‘what can I give up doing so that I can cease being unhappy?’

• Self-evaluation does not mean asking the opinions of others because there is always ‘me as I am’; and ‘me as I want others to think I am’. But regardless of the fact that our true-aware-self is the best friend and advisor we will ever have, we still tend to ask others – ‘what do you think I should do?’ rather than ask ourselves ‘what must I do?’

• The questions we ask ourselves should be those that come so freely to us when silently evaluating others. For example, the next time you feel upset because you do not feel in control of a situation, ask yourself why you really need to have control. When someone annoys you because they always want the last word, ask yourself why it is that you are annoyed. Is it that you need to have the last word?

• Becoming aware involves standing outside of ourselves and observing everything that happens to us, both inside and out. In the same way that you have probably noticed how others fidget, drum their fingers or tap their feet, start to observe your own physical actions. Notice how you were unaware of them before.

• Many people unwittingly caught on camera are surprised to see how they fidget or gesture in a certain way, being previously unaware of it. When confronted with it, we are often surprised at the way we project ourselves to others. It is not some special gift for others to see us differently to the way we see ourselves; it is simply that we do not make the effort, or take the time, to be as aware of ourselves as we are of others.

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