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C onfucius said, ‘People regard their leaders as their hearts, and leaders treat their people as their own bodies . . . The heart is protected by the body, but can also suffer injury due to the discomfort of the body. The national leader exists because of the people, but can also meet their end due to the discontent of the people.’

quote 7603  |   The Book of Ritual

A sage considers the whole world as one family and a whole country as one person. This is not their own idea, but arises from their profound understanding of the source of the feelings of all beings, and the associated principles, benefits and detriments. Such understanding enables them to do so.

quote 7593  |   The Book of Ritual

T s'ai-wu said, "I have heard the names kuei and shen, but I do not know what they mean." The Master said, "The [intelligent] spirit is of the shen nature, and shows that in fullest measure; the animal soul is of the kuei nature, and shows that in fullest measure. It is the union of kuei and shen that forms the highest exhibition of doctrine.

"All the living must die, and dying, return to the ground; this is what is called kuei. The bones and flesh molder below, and, hidden away, become the earth of the fields. But the spirit issues forth, and is displayed on high in a condition of glorious brightness. The vapors and odors which produce a feeling of sadness,[and arise from the decay of their substance], are the subtle essences of all things, and also a manifestation of the shen nature."

quote 4226  |   The Book of Ritual
Book of Ritual 21.2.1 

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