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Re: theos-talk Investigation of things

May 13, 2011 01:28 PM
by Augoeides-222

Thank so much for the rousing uplifting post from The Great Learning. I have Legge's "The Four Books" for many years now and will never part with it while I live. 

The Four Books: 
Confucian Analects 
The Great Learning 
The Doctrine of the Mean 
The Works of Mencius 

There is still a Treasury of Light awaiting those who read the Four Books even today. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Magda Loios" <> 
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011 3:54:51 PM 
Subject: theos-talk Investigation of things 

Dear friends, 

"The ancients, who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout 
the kingdom, first ordered well their own States. Wishing to order well 
their States, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate 
their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to 
cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to 
rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. 
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the 
utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the 
investigation of things. 

Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge 
being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being 
sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, 
their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their 
families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States 
were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole 
kingdom was made tranquil and happy. [1] 

Best regards, Magda 


[1] "The Great Learning" by James Legge 

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