“Heaven has cast us off” – Tsu-li to King Zhou of Shang in the Shujing

Tsu-li announces to king Zhou-xin (the last emperor of Shang dynasty), that Heaven has abandoned him, because of his dissolute way. “Heaven is bringing an end to the Mandate of our dynasty. (…) It is not that the former kings do not aid us, but by your dissoluteness and sport you bring on the end Continue reading “Heaven has cast us off” – Tsu-li to King Zhou of Shang in the Shujing

Mencius on Ending the Unrighteous – The Works of Mencius

“If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all despatch in putting an end to it — why wait until next year?” (Mencius, Bk. III.VIII) The Minervan-principle is about fighting for what’s right, moved by a moral disposition to do good, understand, and relieve humanity and other life each day a little more Continue reading Mencius on Ending the Unrighteous – The Works of Mencius

Lao Tzu advises Confucius not to be overwhelmed by human affairs

Lao Tzu advises Confucius not to be overwhelmed by human affairs in this film. “Chaos is everywhere.” Lao Tzu: “Men habitually long for fame and authority.” Kong Qui: “Then what should I, your pupil, do? I cannot hang useless on the door-beam like a dried-out gourd.” “The Master’s words are profound, but I must be Continue reading Lao Tzu advises Confucius not to be overwhelmed by human affairs

Zisi speaks on being accountable for our actions, for abandoning the path of virtue, and causing suffering under heavens watch.

“Some men who have not complied with virtue will yet not acknowledge their offences, and when Heaven has by evident tokens charged them to correct their conduct, they still say, “What are these things to us?” (Zisi, Zhongyong, 4.9)

 

The Force and its Sides in Star Wars and Theosophical Literature

George Lucas spoke recently to James Cameron in a special on the connection between Star Wars and his feelings during the Vietnam War period, and the Anti-Authoritarian message of his vision. George Lucas specifically created and used these concepts in Star Wars, not as mere fiction, but to awaken spirituality in young people. Stars Wars Continue reading The Force and its Sides in Star Wars and Theosophical Literature