Kaibara, Ekiken The Way of Contentment

ISBN 13: 9781151381378

The Way of Contentment

 
9781151381378: The Way of Contentment

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... II PRECEPT ON POPULAR MORALS ON LEARNING i Man is _nofc--only. brought into being by the beneficence of Heaven and Earth, but he is also_ supported and sustained by them to his life's end--even as by his parents he is created and then reared. Consequently, it should be man's endeavour to repay this great debt. The !>?§L:9^;8£l§rving Heaven is by the preservation of the beautiful nature which Heaven has imjplanted in us all, and by love for humanity. This is the path of mankind, and in none other can he find the truth. The__ man who by following selfish desires disobeys his true nature, thus goings contrary to the will of Heaven, is an unworthy son of Heaven and Earth; is, even as one who prefers a stranger before_ his parents, unworthy of life.. Heaven and Earth are the sources of mankind as a whole ;_3S human parentage is the source of the individual. Heaven and Earth are our greater parents; while father„..and._mi>l^ei__Me.._the microcosm of Heaven and Earth. Serve; Heaven^ therefore, by love to humanity, even as by obedience you serve your parents. It is written that a benevolent man serves Heaven with the same adoration as he does his parents, while he serves his parents with the same veneration as he pays Heaven. Love and veneration are both necessary in serving Heaven and our parents. For how can a man who is unable to serve his parents serve Heaven? Between Heaven and Earth stretch myriads of existences, among which man, nevertheless, is the most precious. He has five cardinal virtues (benevolence, justice, courtesy, wisdom and faith), and five human relations (those between master and servant, father and son, elder and younger, husband and wife, and friend and friend). His eyes can distinguish five colours, his mouth five taste...

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