365 Days for Travelers: Jan 6


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

POEM ON CONDESCENDING TO INSTRUCT

Only you would know the genuineness of your conducts,
Who else decides the causes of fortune and misfortune?
Karmic retributions, good or bad, are only eventual,
Sooner or later? It is the only matter of difference.

During spare times, reflect on your life’s doings,
Meditate and contemplate on your daily conduct,
Constantly set your mind on what is righteous,
Naturally, heaven and earth will never betray you.

ON THE HALL OF
BENEVOLENCE AND LONGEVITY (EXCERPT)

The benevolent enjoy long life. All things created by
heaven and earth have the mind of benevolence.
Heaven and earth have the greatest longevity. The
benevolence of the sage is like heaven and earth,
so the life of the sage is the longest.

Possessing complete virtue is naturally not easy.
Consider the three hundred forms of etiquette,
or the three thousand dignified manners, not one
among them lacks benevolence. Practicing just one
could be called benevolence, and allows one to enjoy
a long life. Adhering to this, I often observe all walks
of life in the world. He who is gentle, kind, tolerant,
honest, or sincere will enjoy a long life, for
gentleness, kindness, tolerance, honesty, and
sincerity are each a part of benevolence.