Nhơn đạo & Thiên đạo
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Nhơn đạo & Thiên đạo

Secular duties and godly duties.

In Caodaism, adherents are encouraged to fulfill the secular duties, especially in compliance with Confucianism, before carrying out the godly duties.

Thánh Ngôn Hiệp Tuyển:
Sai lầm một thuở biết ăn năn, 
Năn nỉ lòng kia tự xét rằng.
Rằng ở đời thì nhơn đạo trọn, 
Trọn rồi Thiên đạo mới hoàn toàn.

The Collection of Divine Messages:
Express remorse whenever you can't do right.
And mull over your own life to realize 
That secular duties must first be satisfied 
Before godly duties should be tried.

Thánh Ngôn Hiệp Tuyển:
Thầy dạy Nữ phái biết trọng Tam tùng Tứ đức, Nam phái Tam cang Ngũ thường. Hễ Nhơn đạo thành là phù hạp Thiên đạo, nghe à!

The Collection of Divine Messages:
Disciples, female followers have to respect the Three Obediences and the Four Virtues and male the Three Bonds and the Five Constants. Remember that you can't meet the godly duties until you have completed the secular duties.

The Eighth Female Buddha's Messages:

A disciple must complete two phases, which are Nhơn Đạo and Thiên Đạo, before entering the phase of esotericism. Nhơn Đạo means fulfilling your personal moral obligations and Thiên Đạo means taking responsibility for caring for other people.

If you meet these responsibilities, you pay off all your debts in your previous incarnations as well as your current debts. You could have borrowed many things in your former incarnations, and in your current incarnation, you also owe your parents and your mother country, not to mention the intentional and unintentional debts.

To fulfill Nhơn Đạo, male disciples must respect the three social relationships and perfect the five personal qualities. Female disciples must obey the three family codes and the women’s code of conduct.

To fulfill Thiên Đạo, male and female must give up secular life, becoming priests and teaching people Cao Dai doctrine.