Mysticism of the East and West: Studies in Mystical and by William Loftus Hare, J. Estlin Carpenter

By William Loftus Hare, J. Estlin Carpenter

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To rulers who want to stamp out evil by the hand of authority he says confidentially " " If we could renounce our and discard sageness " our wisdom," it would be better for the people a " " hundredfold. I f we could renounce our benevolence c 37 : MYSTICISM OF EAST AND WEST " and discard our righteousness," the people would If we could again become naturally filial and kindly. renounce our artful contrivances and discard our scheming for gain, there would be no thieves nor robbers. ) These are thoughts that cannot be lightly or easily refuted.

His He who regards as common Yang says : property a body apper- taining to the universe, and the things of the universe which are essential to maintaining the body, is a perfect man That is the highest degree of perfection. , On mitters of Government Yang is mildly contemptuous he expecs life Chow Mu and ; according to nature will sweep them away. told their ministerial brother that if people would regulate their lives by internals there would be no more prirces and ministers. " good, of Leang tiat to govern the world was as easy as to turn His system, theoretically, round the ^alm of the hand.

Forke's Tang-Ms Garden of Pleasure (Wisdom of the East Series), (2) Dr. Legge's Chinese Classics, and (3) and 40. 'I have sometimes preferred Dr. S. B. ,^vols. 39 Legge's translation to Dr. Forke's. ''* I self-love now turn is right, because to the exposition of his philosophy. 2. METAPHYSICS AND ETHICS Yang's metaphysical principle it is conjoined, as it is briefly stated, and to should be, his leading ethical principle : The people of antiquity knew both the shortness of life and how suddenly and completely it might be closed by death, and therefore they obeyed the movements of their hearts, refusing not what it was natural for them to like, nor seeking to avoid any pleasure that occurred to them they enjoyed themselves according to nature ; they did not resist the common tendency of all things to self-enjoyment.

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