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《感應 - The Influence of Filial Piety and the Response to It》

English translation: James Legge [?]
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1 感應:
子曰:「昔者明王事父孝,故事天明;事母孝,故事地察;長幼順,故上下治。天地明察,神明彰矣。故雖天子,必有尊也,言有父也;必有先也,言有兄也。宗廟致敬,不忘親也;修身慎行,恐辱先也。宗廟致敬,鬼神著矣。孝悌之至,通於神明,光於四海,無所不通。《》云:『自西自東,自南自北,無思不服。』」
The Influence of Filial...:
The Master said, "Anciently, the intelligent kings served their fathers with filial piety, and therefore they served Heaven with intelligence. They served their mothers with filial piety, and therefore they served Earth with discrimination. They pursued the right course with reference to their (own) seniors and juniors, and therefore they secured the regulation of the relations between superiors and inferiors (throughout the kingdom). When Heaven and Earth were served with intelligence and discrimination, the spiritual intelligences displayed (their retributive power).
Therefore even the Son of Heaven must have some whom he honors; that is, he has his uncles of his surname. He must have some to whom he concedes the precedence; that is, he has his cousins, who bear the same surname and are older than himself. In the ancestral temple he manifests the utmost reverence, showing that he does not forget his parents. He cultivates his person and is careful of his conduct, fearing lest he should disgrace his predecessors. When in the ancestral temple he exhibits the utmost reverence, the spirits of the departed manifest themselves. Perfect filial piety and fraternal duty reach to (and move) the spiritual intelligences and diffuse their light on all within the four seas. They penetrate everywhere.
It is said in the Book of Poetry: From the west to the east, From the south to the north, There was not a thought but did him homage."

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