By Richard Wilhelm
First released in 1931. This re-issues the variation of 1972.
This translation and Wilhelm's helpful commentaries offer a concise and readable survey of Confucius, the guy and his teachings. This quantity interprets The lifetime of Confucius from an old chinese language textual content, the Shih Chi, or The historic Records by way of Sse-Ma Ch'ien, relationship from the flip of the second one century B.C.
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Confucius went from Ts‘ai to She. The Duke of She asked concerning the best manner of governing. ” 1 On the next day the Duke of She questioned Tze Lu about Confucius. ” 2 Then Confucius left She, and returned to Ts‘ai. Ch‘ang Chii and Chieh Ni were weeding and hoe ing. 8 He sent Tze Lu to ask about the ford. Ch‘ang Chii said: “Who is he who is x Lun Yii, X III, 16. Translators* Note. ” 2 Lun Yii, VII, 18. 8 Lun Yu, XVIII, 6. ” Chieh Ni said: “Such a deluge prevails over the whole world, and who can change it?
Is my teaching perhaps false? ” Tze Kung answered: “The Master’s teaching is so overpowering that no one on earth can bear it. ” Confucius said: “Tzu, a good husbandman can sow, but he cannot make the harvest. A good workman can be clever, but he cannot always meet people’s taste. The Sage 46 T H E L IF E OF C O N FU C IU S may cultivate his doctrines, may arrange them and simplify them, may co-ordinate them and judge them, but he cannot bring it to pass that they be accepted. ” Tze Kung went out.
18 T H E L IF E OF CO N FU C IU S Duke Ching agreed. Thereupon a crowd appeared, decked in feathers and tails, with feathers and fu utensils, spears and lances, swords and shields, and these advanced amid drumbeat and outcry. Confucius hastened forward, rushing up the steps. On the step before the last, he stood still, raised his sleeve, and said: “ Our two princes are here for a friendly meeting. What business has the music of barbarians here? ” When they did not depart, the entire company turned its gaze upon Yen Ying and Duke Ching.