Confucius - The Analects - Ji Shi Ren 08
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
[16:8] The Master said: “The noble man stands in awe of three things:”
(1) He is in awe of the decree of Heaven.
(2) He is in awe of great men.
(3) He is in awe of the words of the sages.
The inferior man does not know the decree of Heaven; he takes great men lightly, and laughs at the words of the sages.
[16:9] The Master said: “Those who are born knowing it are the best. Those who study to know it are next; those who are limited and yet study are next; those who are limited and do not even study are considered to be the lowest level of people.”