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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

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58. The Master commented on loyalty, filial piety, and chastity: “The Chinese character for ‘loyalty’ is comprised of two characters, ‘center’ and ‘mind’; it refers to the mind that does not differentiate between inside and outside and that is truthful and without pretension. Each and every person interacting via this true mind, making contributions to society, performing public service to the nation, and always giving wholehearted effort without considering their own gain, whether at work or elsewhere—all this is none other than the application of loyalty. This is not the ancient world’s narrow interpretation of loyalty with the limited meaning of devotion to a single sovereign. Nor is it an ill-considered loyalty, where one disregards the interests of the nation as a whole and sacrifices oneself for the sake of the monarch alone, even a wicked one. The significance of loyalty is certainly grand and true; throughout the past and present, it has been the great principle of All Under Heaven and the right energy of humankind. If you examine the public sentiment of people today, for far too long loyalty has been enfeebled. Internally, people do not repent for deceiving their own consciences and, externally, they do not feel ashamed for deceiving society. Thus, human beings’ lives have become increasingly complicated and social disorder knows no end. If we want to rectify this chaos and construct in its place a divine and true world, we have to promote the spirit of loyalty by whatever means possible, so that public sentiment will return to loyalty; otherwise, this will be extremely difficult to accomplish.”