Confucius Analects – practice in all situations
2.4 Conduct when alone, in different environment
The Master said, ‘I have talked with Hui [Hui] for a whole day, and he has not made any objection to anything I said;–as if he were stupid. He has retired, and I have examined his conduct when away from me, and found him able to illustrate my teachings. Hui!– He is not stupid.’
-> practice in group and alone
4.2 Ongoing dedication to virtue
‘The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.’
-> practice moment by moment, even in chaos and dangers.
15.1 Scholar and the virtuous abide to virtue in all situations
The Master said, ‘The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.’
-> practice of virtue is more important than one’s own life.
8.2 The puruse of perfect virtue requires vigorous endurance
The philosopher Zeng said, ‘The officer may not be without breadth of mind and vigorous endurance. His burden is heavy and his course is long.
‘Perfect virtue is the burden which he considers it is his to sustain;– is it not heavy? Only with death does his course stop;– is it not long?
-> practice is a life-long dedication
Personal and spiritual practice, requires dedication in different times and spaces (including the transcendence of either or both of them). It is to be chosen in front of others and while alone, in good times and bad, and be seen as more important than even one’s own life (including its aversion). How difficult it is! Can you be humble and wise and kind and strong across all situations in life? In front of others and while alone, in good times and bad, and even in life threatening situations? Successful practitioner are therefore real masters, respect to Jesus, Buddha, Confucius, and Laozi!
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