"THE GREAT LEARNING"
The Way of Great Learning is to brighten and brighten up one’s inner cultivation of Virtue. That is to make progress of our people. Placing one on the point of ultimate kindness.
When knowing to remain within one’s boundary, then one can be firm. When one can be firm, then one can become quiet. When one can be quiet, then one can secure his destiny. When one can secure his destiny, then one can think. When one thinks, then one can have gains.
In Ancient, one who wished to brighten and brighten up of all of heavenly below, he must firstly be able to manage his nation. One who wished to manage his nation, he must firstly be able to level up his family. One who wished to level up his family, he must firstly be able to train on his personality. One who wished to train on his personality, his must firstly be able to set right his heart. One who wished to set right one’s heart, he must firstly be sincere in his insight. One who wished to be sincere in his insight, he must extend his knowledge. The extension of knowledge rests upon reason and science. Through reason and science, knowledge can be extended. Through knowledge in extension, we can be sincere in insight. Through sincerity in insight, one can set right his heart. Through setting right of one’s heart, he can train his personality. Through the training of his personality, he can then level up his family. Through leveling up of one’s family, he can then seek to manage the nation in success. Through the success of national management, then four seas of heavenly below would be in equalization.
From The King to an ordinary person, oneness is all in that training of personality. If one’s principle is wrong, and yet, his ending means can be managed. Impossible! Of what spiritually thick becomes thin, his thinness becomes thick. Never happens.
K‘ung Fu-tsze, "the philosopher
K‘ung," whose name has been Latinized into Confucius, was born in the year 551
(or 552) B.C. His father, Shuh-hang Heih was an officer in charge of the
district of Tsow in the State of Lu and had been famous for his strength and
daring; he was of the Kung family and lineally descended from Hwang-Ti, an
almost legendary character of ancient China.
|Return to Knowledge page - Email to Shibui Swords|