The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity


On a New Year’s Day, the Founding Master said, “I received New Year’s bows from many people today. If I were like secular people, I would return your greetings with either food or gifts, but instead I will tell you a secret to help you live safely in the impending time of troubles. So, take it as a paradigm.” Then, he wrote out a poem by an ancient sage for them:
For living in this world, gentleness is most precious,
Rigidity is the root of catastrophe.
In speaking, always hesitate like a stutterer.
For matters at hand, respond slowly like a dullard.
The more urgent the situation, the more leisurely consider it.
In peaceful times, don’t forget future perils,
If you live your life following these maxims,
You will truly be a fine man.

At the end of this verse, he added another line, “If you conducts yourself according to these guidelines, you will always live in peace and bliss.”