1. Have devotion for your parents (Filial piety)
2. Respect elders and behave properly
3. Make peace in your hometown / community
4. Teach and lead your offspring /descendants
5. Accept your own life circumstances and strive for your happiness
6. Avoid bad conduct and do good deeds
“Nago Saint” – Noble Man and Educator
Tei Junsoku was from Kume-Son, his father was a noble man from Naha who was adopted to one of the Kume-son families. The Tei family, who were of Chinese descendents from Kume-son, had no children to continue their legacy. Around that time, in order to strengthen Kume-son, Satsuma government had noblemen from Naha and Shuri enter Kume-Son registry. One of the noble men was Taiso. Taiso was sent to take gifts to Beijing in 1673, but died on his way home.
Tei Junsoku was born in 1663 in Kume-son in Naha. Junsoku is a Chinese name; the Okinawan name is “Chyobun.” From his 20s and thereafter, he traveled to China five times to study. He brought from Fuku-Shu, China, to Ryukyu a valuable teaching manual, “Six Morals”. This became the basis of morality.
The writing of “Six Morals” describes how to act in a humane manner to each other, and to other human beings.
He propagated “Six Morals” to Ryukuans. He also took the teaching of “Six Morals” to Tokugawa Shogunate through Satsuma (Kagoshima). The reigning Shogun, Yoshimune, had this “Six Morals” text book translated into Japanese, and used as rules of morality to support structures of Shogunate. It was spread throughout Japan as a textbook of Teragoya (temple schools/private elementary) for children in the Tokugawa Era. Tei Junsoku forever became known throughout Japan.
He published collection of Chinese Poems, built the Ryukyu’s first public school “Mei Lin Do” in 1718, taught the teachers and students with enthusiasm, and put into practice teachings of Confucianism such as to respect teachers. At the age of 66, he became the Mayor of Nago and he was called “Nagao Uye~kata. He was respected by people for his achievement and his natural virtue. At the end, as a man of character, an educator, a literary man and a politician; he eventually received a title of “Nago Saint.” In his teachings, he had an influence on people, shining brightly.