How to Understand God

"By exerting his mental powers to the full, man comes to understand his own nature. When he understands his own nature, he understands God."
~ Mencius

Mencius, who lived B.C. 372-289, devoted himself to the task of spreading and consolidating the Confucian teachings. He made no attempt to lead back the Chinese people towards their early beliefs in a personal God and in a spiritual world beyond the ken of mortals. He observes in a general way that "those who obey God are saved, while those who rebel against Him perish," but his reference is to this life, and not to a future one.