O bright and high Heaven, / Who enlightenest and rulest this lower world ! / I marched on this expedition to the [...] Cf. Shijing 207
Tsze-kung asked, saying, "On what ground did Kung-wan get that title of WAN?" The Master said, "He was of an active [...] Cf. Lunyu 107
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
How did the great rivers and seas get their kingship over the hundred lesser streams? / Through the merit of being [...] Cf. Daodejing 66
Farther and farther from the three Ba Roads, / I have come three thousand miles, anxious and watchful, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 165
Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and [...] Cf. Sunzi 62
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