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June 16, 2010


Lord Krishna to Arjuna and Sanjaya: “Learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living. Never have I not existed, nor you, nor those kings; and never in the future shall we cease to exist. Just as the embodied self enters childhood, youth, and old age, so does it enter another body: this does not confound a steadfast man…. Nothing of nonbeing comes to be, nor does being cease to exist; the boundary between these two is seen by men who see reality. Indestructible is the presence that pervades all this; no one can destroy this unchanging reality. Our bodies are known to end, but the embodied self is enduring, indestructible, and immeasurable; therefore, Arjuna, fight the battle! He who thinks this self is a killer and he who thinks it killed, both fail to understand; it does not kill, nor is it killed…”

–Excerpt from “The Second Teaching” in the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War

June 16, 2010

Excerpts from Confucius

1-4 Master Zeng said, “Each day I examine myself upon 3 points. In planning for others, have I been loyal? In company with friends, have I been trustworthy? And have I practiced what has been passed on to me?”

1-16 The Master said, “Do not be concerned that no one may recognize your merits. Be concerned that you may not recognize others.”

2-2 The Master said, “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence, ‘Having no depraved thoughts.'”

2-11 The Master said, “A person who can bring new warmth to the old while understanding the new is worthy to take as a teacher.”

2-15 The Master said, ” If you study but don’t reflect you’ll be lost. If you reflect but don’t study you’ll get into trouble.”

2-17 The Master said, “Shall I teach you about knowledge, You? To know when you know something, and to know when you don’t know, that’s knowledge.” (“You” is the personal name of the disciple Zilu.)

2-19 Duke Ai asked, “What should I do so that the people will obey?” Confucius replied, “Raise up the straight and set them above the crooked and the people will obey. Raise up the crooked and set them above the straight and the people will not obey.”

3-23 The Master instructed the Music Master of Lu, “The pattern of music is something we can understand. Music commences with unison, and then follows with harmony, each line clearly heard, moving in sequence towards the coda.”

4-3 The Master said, ” It is only the truly virtuous man, who can love, or who can hate, others.”

–The Analects of Confucius