Pleasant is the semi-circular water, / And we will gather the cress about it. / The marquis of Lu is coming to it, [...] Cf. Shijing 299
1. Chü Po-yü sent a messenger with friendly inquiries to Confucius. / 2. Confucius sat with him, and questioned him. [...] Cf. Lunyu 372
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
How did the great rivers and seas get their kingship over the hundred lesser streams? / Through the merit of being [...] Cf. Daodejing 66
The sun has set in the water's clear void, / And little blue islands are one with the sky. / On the bank a [...] Cf. Tangshi 219
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and [...] Cf. Sunzi 178
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