Singular Focus

“Shuitsu Muteki” (a singular focus is invincible)is a convention of neo-confucianism.
The Fourth Year of Ansei, the Third of November. “To Majima Hosen”

5日主一無敵
主一無敵は心学の常套。
安政四年十一月三日「馬島甫仙に贈る」

Devoting Your Full Heart ②

After one act comes two acts. After three acts comes a hundred, a thousand acts. All sorts of things are pushed, and this is accomplished. After one day comes two, three, a hundred, a thousand days, and days of achievements add up and this is amasses. When this is so, oh! how can we not devote our heart at last? We should start first from one act, from one day.
The Third Year of Ansei The Fourteenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

11日心一杯の事を行ひ尽②
一事より二事、三事より百事千事と、事々類を推して是れを行ひ、一日より二日、三日百日千日と、日々功を加へて是れを積まば、豈に遂に心を尽すに至たらざらんや。宜しく先づ一事より一日より始むべし。
安政三年五月十四日「講孟箚記」

Devoting Your Full Heart ①

Doing your best is devoting your full heart in deeds. When speaking of doing your best, those who have the strength to hold 15 kilograms hold 15 kilograms. Those who have the strength to hold 20 kilograms hold 20 kilograms. We should think like this. Modern people are currently failing to do their best. The reason is they are unable to understand that fullness.

10日心一杯の事を行ひ尽す①
其の心を尽すとは、心一杯の事を行ひ尽すことなり。力を尽すと云へば、十五貫目持つ力ある者は十五貫目を持ち、二十貫目持つ力ある者は二十貫目を持つことなり。是を以て考ふべし。今人今だ曾て心を尽すさず。故に其の一杯の所を知ること能はず。