By Yu-Lan Fung
This ebook reprints an old chinese language paintings from the overdue Warring States interval (3rd century BC) that comprises tales and anecdotes exemplifying the carefree nature of definitely the right Taoist sage. Chuang Tzu’s philosophy represents the most present of Taoist teachings, and his textual content is broadly considered as either deeply insightful and a superb success within the chinese language poetical essay shape. The model awarded used to be translated by way of Feng Yu-lan, the well-known chinese language thinker, who places extra emphasis on Chuang Tzu’s philosophy than do earlier makes an attempt. William James as soon as stated that each nice thinker has a private imaginative and prescient. whilst one has grasped that imaginative and prescient, the entire procedure should be simply understood. And Crocé as soon as stated that the larger a philosophical process is, the easier the primary notion. even though the current translation is proscribed to the 1st seven chapters of Chuang Tzu’s writings, it competently conveys his major imaginative and prescient and ideas.
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Such a man will be considered by others as a child. This is what I call being a follower of nature. Outwardly seeming to be crooked, I shall be a follower of men. Bowing, kneeling, bending the body, these are the observances of the ministers. What all men 2 3 Two tyrants of antiquity. Their worthy ministers. 4 The Human World 27 do, none will blame me for doing. This is what I call being a follower of men. Substantiating what I said by appealing to antiquity, I shall be a follower of the ancients.
Let me tell you. Enter this man’s service, but do not contend for fame. ” Speech must be made as musical notes which respond without any effort of conscious mind. To speak is just to make some noise. —Kuo Hsiang. —Kuo Hsiang. “Then you will be nearly successful. —Kuo Hsiang. “Acting in the manner of man, it is easy to be artiﬁcial. Acting in the manner of nature, it is difﬁcult to be artiﬁcial. I have heard of ﬂying with wings, but not of ﬂying without them. I have heard of knowing with knowledge, but not of knowing 4 5 Reading ੜ→Ҿ㙣 as 㙣→Ҿੜ, according to Yu Yueh.
I am hot inside. Even before engaging in the actual business, I am already suffering trouble from nature. If I cannot succeed, I certainly will suffer trouble from men. That means I will suffer both troubles, which are more than I, as a minister, can bear. ” “In the world”, said Confucius, “there are two great binding principles. The one is destiny; the other is duty. A child’s love for its parents is destiny; it is inseparable from the child’s heart. A subject’s allegiance to his sovereign is duty; he must have a sovereign; there is no escape in the world.