Compassionate Heaven is arrayed in angry terrors ; / Heaven is indeed sending down ruin, / Afflicting us with [...] Cf. Shijing 265
Po-niû being ill, the Master went to ask for him. He took hold of his hand through the window, and said, "It is killing [...] Cf. Lunyu 130
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
A light wind is rippling at the grassy shore.... / Through the night, to my motionless tall mast, / The stars [...] Cf. Tangshi 113
Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who [...] Cf. Sunzi 13
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