He regards a dying man simply as one who is going home. He sees others weep, and he naturally weeps too.
"Besides, a man's personality is something of which he is subjectively conscious. It is impossible for him to say if he is really that which he is conscious of being. You dream you are a bird, and soar to heaven. You dream you are a fish, and dive into the ocean's depths. And you cannot tell whether the man now speaking is awake or in a dream.
"A pleasurable sensation precedes the smile it evokes. The smile itself is not dependent upon a reminding nudge.
- And just so was Mêng Sun's outward expression of grief,—spontaneous, as being in harmony with his surroundings.
- To your mortal environment.
unconscious of all changes,
- Of life into death, etc.
and you shall enter into the pure, the divine, the One."
I Erh Tzŭ went to see Hsü Yu. "The latter asked him, saying, "How has Yao benefited you?"
"He bade me," replied the former, "practise charity and do my duty, and distinguish clearly between right and wrong."
"Then what do you want here?" said Hsü Yu.