The Master said, "In hearing litigations, I am like any other
body. What is necessary is to cause the people to have no
litigations." So, those who are devoid of principle find it impossible
to carry out their speeches, and a great awe would be struck into
men's minds;-this is called knowing the root.
This is called knowing the root. This is called the perfecting of
What is meant by "making the thoughts sincere." is the allowing no
self-deception, as when we hate a bad smell, and as when we love
what is beautiful. This is called self-enjoyment. Therefore, the
superior man must be watchful over himself when he is alone.
There is no evil to which the mean man, dwelling retired, will not
proceed, but when he sees a superior man, he instantly tries to
disguise himself, concealing his evil, and displaying what is good.
The other beholds him, as if he saw his heart and reins;-of what use
is his disguise? This is an instance of the saying -"What truly is
within will be manifested without." Therefore, the superior man must
be watchful over himself when he is alone.
The disciple Tsang said, "What ten eyes behold, what ten hands point
to, is to be regarded with reverence!"
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