Tai-shang Kan-Ying Pien (Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution)

Tai-shang Kan-Ying Pien (Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution)
1906

A Text on Taoist Morality published in 1906 by an unknown author. Life is lengthened or shortened according to one's conformity to the rules and advice offered.

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Beyond their due lot they scheme and contrive.

Further, there are the three councilor, spirit-lords of the northern constellation, residing above the heads of the people, recorders of men's crimes and sins, cutting off terms of from twelve years to a hundred days.

Insentient to favors received, they remember their hatred and are never satisfied.

Seeing their neighbor lose his vantage they gossip of his failure.

They adulterate the genuine, and they seek profit in illegitimate business.

They conceal and keep a treacherous heart.

They even call on bright spirits to make them witness their degrading deeds.

They oppress their subordinates and appropriate their merit.

They spit at falling stars and point at the many-colored rainbow.

Unprovoked they join factious associations.

Above their means they plot and plan.

By artful tricks they seek promotion.

Further, with hearth fire they burn incense, and with filthy fagots they cook their food.

Insidiously they injure the good and the law-abiding.

Shamelessly greedy they are for wealth.

They agitate and disturb the public order.

They cringe to superiors to curry favor.

They give away evil in marriage and they sell wrongs.

They patronize the unscrupulous and do harm to the inoffensive.

They spoil a worker's utensils to hamper his efficiency.

When seeing the success and prosperity of others they wish them to run down and fail.

According to the lightness or gravity of his transgressions, the sinner's term of life is reduced. Not only is his term of life reduced, but poverty also strikes him. Often he meets with calamity and misery. His neighbors hate him. Punishments and curses pursue him. Good luck shuns him. Evil stars threaten him; and when his term of life comes to an end, he perishes.

Causelessly they kill tortoises and snakes.

Give to others and do not regret or begrudge your liberality.

Irreverently they point at the three luminaries; intently they gaze at the sun and at the moon.

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Tai-shang Kan-Ying Pien (Treatise of the Exalted One on Response and Retribution)
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1906
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A Text on Taoist Morality published in 1906 by an unknown author. Life is lengthened or shortened according to one's conformity to the rules and advice offered.