By John Van Auken
Among the many famous historical persons, Confucius ranks near the top of the list. His wisdom is quoted in today. Here are a few of his many insightful quotes.
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
This last saying foreshadows Jesus’ Golden Rule: Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matt. 7:12)
Confucius was born over 2,500 years ago, in 551 BC, and yet we are still talking about him today. Even the Edgar Cayce readings include this ancient sage in their teachings. Cayce actually recommended some Confucian books to Mr. 900, the guy who got the most readings from Cayce, 437! Even more impressive, three Cayce readings mention Confucius’ soul/spirit in a list of soul from the other side that would help Cayce give some particularly difficult readings. Here’s one of them:
“The forces gathered here may be used in gaining this concept. As ye seek, ask first if all these are present: Lamech, Confucius, Tamah, Halaliel, Hebe, Ra, Ra-Ta, John.” (5756-10)
Of course, the Edgar Cayce readings where open to all teachings that presented one God and one collective of the Children of God, as in these two:
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.“Whether in Buddhism, Mohammedanism, Confucianism, Platoism, or what—these have been added to much from that as was given by Jesus in His walk in Galilee and Judea. ‘Know, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one!’ whether this is directing one of the Confucius' thought, Brahman thought, Buddha thought, Mohammedan thought; these are as teachers or representatives.” (364-9).
“Again in that of Confucius, who gave to his peoples in his day the beginning of an understanding of the wisdom of [the] Divine.” (900-15)
In one fascinating reading, Mr. 900 described a scene in Confucius’ life that related to overcoming fear by doing, by living your soul’s purpose. Here’s that passage. As you read, remember that Mr. 900 is speaking, not Cayce; but Cayce does reply in the affirmative to 900’s perspective.
“So long as I bend my will to serve creation, to serve Man, that the latter may the better achieve eternal life (as in “feed His lambs”), so long am I immune to harm—nothing shall hurt or stop me. I lean upon the unseen arm that guides me. Confucius remained unafraid when he ran into a gang of robbers. Others were killed, he was not. ‘I have a mission to perform, a message to give and I will be protected until it is accomplished,’ he said. In spite of dangers and risk he came thru.” (900-243)
Finally, Cayce once asked a religious questioner to consider the following:
“Why the teachings of Confucius or his axioms and lessons, and those of Jesus, are parallel.” (1473-1)
Let’s close a few more of the sage’s views:
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
Heaven means to be one with God.
Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-2005 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation