Salamanca New Cathedral – Chapter 57

We visit the Catedral Nueva de Salamanca – the New Cathedral. It is “new” because it was built during 16th to 18th centuries — long after the Old Cathedral built in the 12th to 14th centuries . The two cathedrals share a wall and you can walk from one to the other.

First, we must show you a mystery about the decorations around the main door of the New Cathedral.

Karen introduces you to the astronaut.

The astronaut

Below and to the right is something else – a gargoyle.

The gargoyle is eating an ice cream cone. These items were included as a kind of signature by the craftsman who restored the decorations in 1992.

I read Chapter 57 of the Tao te Ching:

“If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.”

We pass through the door.

“Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.”

The cathedral is huge.

“The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.”

“The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.”

“The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.”

“Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.”

“I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.”

The secret is letting go — it is a meditation strategy.

I view the chapel for all saints. Lao tsu says,

“I let go of religion,
and people become serene.”

Did you see the image of death?” Karen asks.

“Do you see it?” she asks. “See death!”

By confronting your problems, you reduce your fear.

“I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.”

We enter the passage way to the Old Cathedral — built in the 12th century. There are obscure images — things we do not ubderstand.

Lao tsu did not support organized religion. He advocated non-doing. Religion involves structured stories which, over time, become increasingly complex. It has come to focus on rules but this is not the Inner Way.

We need not worry about this.

The Golden Chapel of all Saints is the best place for me to do what I need to do. We will call upon all the saints and all that is sacred and holy, even death. Even if you do not believe, this will work — it has worked for many, many centuries. This does not require words.

I pray to all the saints that you will find your way, that the secret will be shown to you. Among all the saints, one will respond — the one that fits your needs.

When you meditate, the thoughts arise and you let them go and you return your awareness to your breath. When the troubling memories arise, they bring up difficult emotions, but you let them go and return your awareness to your breath. With practice, you become better at this and you can be happy.

Find a way to focus your mind. This is the Inner Way, the path toward harmony with the Tao.

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