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25 ¶ At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. (DRV)


500 BC



WHAT THE GREAT LEARNING teaches, is to illustrate illustrious

virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence.

The point where to rest being known, the object of pursuit is then

determined; and, that being determined, a calm unperturbedness may

be attained to. To that calmness there will succeed a tranquil repose.

In that repose there may be careful deliberation, and that

deliberation will be followed by the attainment of the desired end.

Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end

and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will

lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue

throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing

to order well their states, they first regulated their families.

Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their

persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified

their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be

sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts,

they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of

knowledge lay in the investigation of things.

Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their

knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their

thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts

being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being

cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being

regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being

rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.

From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must

consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

It cannot be, when the root is neglected, that what should spring

from it will be well ordered. It never has been the case that what was

of great importance has been slightly cared for, and, at the same

time, that what was of slight importance has been greatly cared for.


18 (103-18) The high hills are a refuge for the harts, the rock for the irchins. (DRV)


Tao Te Ching Chapter 81

True words are not beautiful
Beautiful words are not true
Those who are good do not debate
Those who debate are not good
Those who know are not broad of knowledge
Those who are broad of knowledge do not know
Sages do not accumulate
The more they assist others, the more they possess
The more they give to others, the more they gain
The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend

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