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正人用邪法,邪法亦是正。邪人用正法,正法亦是邪。

When upright people use crooked methods, the crooked methods are also upright. 
When crooked people use upright methods, the upright methods are also crooked.

 

This saying, originally from a Chan source (The Platform Sutra of Huinen), has become proverbial.  In the context, the meaning is this.  When a practitioner of experience and appropriate transmission engages in an unorthodox practice, they transform the practice.  When a person of no attainment or transmission engages in an orthodox practice, they will make the practice unorthodox due to the inappropriateness of their engagement.  A master can set up the altar however she wants, a faker can make it perfect and go through all the motions and it will remain meaningless.  

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Thank you for sharing.

I haven't encountered this excerpt to my recollection but I see this principle play out in my own life in so many ways.

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