Benevolence is people. Without people, there is no benevolence. Birds and beasts are like that… In the world, there are many people who are not benevolent. Futhermore, there are even more people who talk of benevolence while not relating it to people. The book lovers of today are all like this.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Seventh of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 May 14
A compassionate man has no rival under Heaven.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourth of April. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 May 4
Even if a person possess benevolence and wisdom, if they lack courage even a little, they can not do anything useful.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 20th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 April 22
There is nothing closer to “vigorous effort (kyoujo)” than seeking benevolence (jin). What sort of teaching of kindness is this? Learning begins when studying a great cause, one thinks of the feelings of others, rather than doing things only for yourself. This is the way of vigorous effort.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourteenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Confer Mencius: (Not my translation)
Jin Xin I: Mencius said, ‘All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination. If one acts with a vigorous effort (kyoujo) at the law of reciprocity, when he seeks for the realization of perfect virtue, nothing can be closer than his approximation to it.’
Posted by Motowori on 2012 April 18
Often, many of those who favor wisdom fail by doubting others too much. Those who favor benevolence fail by trusting others too much. Both are unbalanced. However by doing this act of merit, those who trust others have an edge over those who doubt them… For this reason, I would much rather fail by trusting others too much than by fail by doubting them.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Sixth of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 March 14
Cruelty rather should be pitied.
Winter of the First Year of Ansei. “A Record of Imprisonment.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 February 23
Currently, Japan prospers and the path of benevolence (jin) is to strike down barbarians… First, do good works by yourself, then hand down the same spirit to your village. If people with this same resolve do so enthusiastically everyday, it will increase from one person to ten people, ten people to a hundred people, a hundred to a thousand, a thousand to ten thousand. surprisingly, those with the resolve to be benevolent are not uncommon. If this resolve is handed down to one’s descendents rather than kept to oneself, its benefit will ever increasingly flourish for ten, for a hundred, for a thousand, for ten thousand years.
The Third Year of Ansei, the Twenty-Eighth Day of March. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”
Posted by Motowori on 2012 February 10