What is Mastery?

The Four Classics and the Five Scriptures studied in modern times are the teachings of all the saints. However, if you do not do good with that good, you lack the word “mastery”. “Mastery” is reading with the mouth. Having thoroughly read, consider it with the heart. Having thoroughly considered it, take action. Having taken action, again consider it. Having considered it, again read. Truely, if you do this, there will be no doubt about the good you’ve done.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 28th of March. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

12日熟とは
今の学ぶ所の四書五経は、皆聖人の学なり。然るに善の善に至らざるは、熟の一字を闕くなり。熟とは口にて読み、読みて熟せざれば心にて思ひ、思ひて熟せざれば行ふ。行うて又思ひ、思ひて又読む。誠に然らばの善たること疑ひなし。
安政三年三月二十八日「講孟箚記」

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