Minister of war, / We are the claws and teeth of the king. / Why have you rolled us into this sorrow, / So that [...] Cf. Shijing 185
1. The music master, Mien, having called upon him, when they came to the steps, the Master said, "Here are the steps." [...] Cf. Lunyu 433
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
How did the great rivers and seas get their kingship over the hundred lesser streams? / Through the merit of being [...] Cf. Daodejing 66
There are faint green mountains and far green waters, / And grasses in this river region not yet faded by autumn; [...] Cf. Tangshi 292
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. [...] Cf. Sunzi 63
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