How Could We Not Be Awed

By and large, the saints and sages of old fully explained the Way. Modern scholars mostly just read those books and repeat them. They don’t really drive any new insights from the ancients. Thus modern students and teachers alike are all students of the saints and sages. How can reckless teachers or students who follow the same teachers not be awed by the original saints and sages of old?
The Second Year of Ansei, The Sixteenth of August. “Lecture Notes”

3日憚り多きことのあらずや
道は古聖賢大抵言ひ尽くせり。今の学者多くは其の書を観て口真似をなすのみ、別に新見卓識古人に駕出するに非ず。然れば師弟共に諸共聖賢の門人と云ふものなり。同門人の中にて妄りに師と云ひ弟子と云ふは、第一古聖賢へ対して憚り多きことならずや。
安政二年八月十六日「講孟劄記」

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