The moral law — Cont. (Confucius)


The moral law is a law from whose operation we cannot for one instant in our existence escape. A law from which we may escape is not the moral law. Wherefore it is that the moral man (or the superior man) watches diligently over what his eyes cannot see and is in fear and awe of what his ears cannot hear.
There is nothing more evident than that which cannot be seen by the eyes and nothing more palpable than that which cannot be perceived by the senses. Wherefore the moral man watches diligently over his secret thoughts.
When the passions, such as joy, anger, grief, and pleasure, have not awakened, that is our CENTRAL self, or moral being (CHUNG). When these passions awaken and each and all attain due measure and degree, that is HARMONY, or the moral order (HO). Our central self or moral being is the great basis of existence, and HARMONY or moral order is the universal law in the world.
When our true central self and harmony are realised, the universe then becomes a cosmos all things attain their full growth and development….
…To find the central clue to our moral being which unites us to the universal order, that is the highest human attainment.”

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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