Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened.
“According to the law” does not mean the law of the state or the law given by the priests. “According to the law” for Buddha means according to the ultimate law of life and existence.
There is a tremendous harmony—anybody just a little bit sensitive, intelligent, can feel it—life is a harmonious whole. It is not a chaos, it is a cosmos. Why is it not a chaos?—because a law runs through and through it like a thread in the garland. That thread is invisible, you see only the flowers, but that thread is keeping them together. Existence is a garland; there is a thread, a sutra—sutra means thread—a very thin thread, almost invisible, running through the whole existence, that makes it a cosmos instead of a chaos.
“According to the law” in the words of Buddha means: Be in harmony with nature, existence. Don’t fight with it, don’t go against it. Don’t try to go upstream, to flow upstream. To be in a let-go with existence is to follow the law, aes dhammo sanantano—this is the inexhaustible law. If you relax, if you allow the law to take you over, to process you, you will be over flooded with it. You need not go on an ego trip. The river is already flowing to the ocean—you simply flow with the river. No need to swim either—float, and you will reach the ocean.