Benevolence – 仁箴
- REN (Benevolence)
造次顛沛 亦必如是 當其急促之時，或受挫折之時，亦必如是始終不變。孔子曰：「無求生以害仁，有殺身以成仁。」此之謂也。
A person who is filled with compassion (A) for all people is a person of REN. He seeks to help others accomplish as if he himself wants to accomplish (B). This is the way of becoming a Sage or Buddha. Scholars whose minds are imbued with REN are always rational with reason no matter what they do. They abide by REN even in moments of haste and danger (C).
(A) The Works of Mencius: “The feeling of compassion belongs to all men.”
(B) Confucian Analects: “A benevolent man who wishes to be established seeks also to establish others; a benevolent man who wishes to be accomplished seeks also to help others accomplish.” (C) Confucian Analects: “A superior man does not, even for short time, act contrary to the concept of benevolence. In moments of haste, he clings to the concept, just as he does in times of danger.”