A verse in praise says:
Diligent in studies, sincere in nature,
He practiced three introspections every day.
Observing filial piety, fraternal respect, loyalty and forgiveness,
He was vigilant at all times.
He shouldered the responsibility of transmitting
The essence of Confucianism.
Thousands of years later,
His lofty character is regarded with admiration
Being diligent in study, sincere in nature, he did not deceive others.
He was honest to everybody without the least pretense. That was why Confucius said, “Shen is a straightforward person.”
He practiced three introspections every day in order to urge himself on.
filial piety, fraternal respect, loyalty and forgiveness, he was filial to his parents and trustworthy to his friends. He was responsible in his
duties and was magnanimous towards others. He was vigilant at all times.
He shouldered the responsibility of transmitting the essence of Confucianism, namely, “The human mind is weak, but the mind of the Way is subtle. By focusing singlemindedly, one can keep to the middle path.”
Thousands of years later, his lofty character is regarded with admiration. We still look up to his virtue and knowledge.
Another verse says:
A hero among men, he advocated the Three Guidelines and
Five Constant Virtues.
The Ancestral Sage, Zeng Zi, was pure in morality.
He transmitted the essence, propagating the Confucian teachings,
He honored the Master’s instructions and perpetuated the great achievement.
In the service of others, he was loyal and trustworthy;
In dealing with friends, he would not even deceive the spirits.
With sincere conduct, keen discernment and careful deliberations,
He was a great man who never forgot his mother’s teachings.
A hero among men, he advocated the Three Guidelines and Five Constant Virtues. He emphasized the development of character and the cultivation of virtue. What are the Three Guidelines? They are: the ruler guides his subjects, the father guides his son and the husband guides his wife. What are the Five Constant Virtues? They are: benevolence, righteousness, propriety, knowledge, and sincerity. He was endowed with all these virtues. Being foremost among men, he was lofty as compared to the average person.
The Ancestral Sage, Zeng Zi, was pure in morality without any defilements.
He transmitted the essence, propagating the Confucian teachings. He honored the Master’s instructions and perpetuated the great achievement. At all times, he kept in mind the principles taught by the Master and brought them to a great height.
In the service of others, he was always loyal and trustworthy. Putting in one’s best effort is loyalty, while not deceiving others is trustworthiness.
In dealing with friends, he would not even deceive the spirits. He was straightforward and sincere towards his friends and would never resort to deceiving them.
With sincere conduct, keen discernment and careful deliberations, he put into practice what he knew and used his wisdom to distinguish right from wrong. He considered everything carefully before undertaking the task.
He was a great man who never for a moment
forgot his mother’s teachings on how to be a good person.
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