Among their ten acres, / The mulberry-planters stand idly about. / ' Come, ' [says one to another], ' I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 111
Chî Lû asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, "While you are not able to serve men, how can you [...] Cf. Lunyu 279
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
In twelve chambers the ladies, decked for the day, / Peer afar for their lord from their Fairy-View Lodge; / [...] Cf. Tangshi 221
Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, [...] Cf. Sunzi 240
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