In this chapter, Confucius and Master Zeng are having a conversation about resonance that comes with family reverence. Confucius shares the story of the enlightened kings who served their fathers and mothers with family reverence, and in so doing, served the heavens with acuity and the earth judiciously. With the enlightened kings being acute and judicious in their service to the heavens and to the earth, the gods and spirits sent down their blessings upon them. Confucius continues, “When at the ancestral temple the Emperor offers his respects, the ghosts and spirits acknowledge him with appreciation. When familial and fraternal deference reaches this level, the feeling resonates with the gods and spirits, shines throughout the four corners of the world, and affects everything everywhere.” Confucius ends by citing a passage in the Book of Songs which says, “From north to south, from east to west, everyone did him homage.”
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