By Henry Rosemont Jr.
During this little e-book, Confucian student and thinker Henry Rosemont, Jr. has summarized 40 years of expertise learning, translating, and educating the Analects. For crucial cross-referencing of textual passages in differing translations, Rosemont offers tables of version spellings of chinese language phrases, a discovering checklist for college kids named within the textual content, a concordance of key philosophical and spiritual phrases, and an annotated bibliography to steer the reader's extra reports and reflections at the textual content.
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Ni (Nishan). 6. If he had teachers we don’t know who they were, or what he did until early middle age, except that he seems to have done some teaching. After serving in relatively minor posts in Lu he incurred the wrath of his superiors and was discharged and sent into exile (according to some accounts, and the recent movie Confucius). Whereas in other accounts he resigned and voluntarily left the state with some of his students and wandered in several neighboring states for almost 13 years, altogether unsuccessful in securing official employment in any of them.
A millennium before the time of Confucius. During that time it was believed that gods brought blessings or curses on the living, but unfortunately the living could not communicate directly with the gods in supplication or prayer, but had to ask their ancestors to serve as intermediaries, interceding with the deities on behalf of their descendants. Even in the Master’s own time, and later yet, the ancestors were thought to be able to bring good or bad fortune to the living, depending on how well or poorly the rituals commemorating them were conducted.
1057/9781137303394 Ancestor Veneration 45 which has several accounts of such rituals in verse. One is given here, and the contemporary reader of the Analects should attempt to retain the picture conjured up in this ode (translated by James Legge) whenever the text makes reference to honoring ancestors: Very hard have we striven that the rites might be without mistake. The skillful recitant conveys the message, goes and gives it to the personator: “Fragrant were your pious offerings, the spirits enjoyed their drink and food.
A Reader’s Companion to the Confucian Analects by Henry Rosemont Jr.