you have only to look, and Tao abides. There is no room for speech."
- See ch. v, ad init., on "the Doctrine which is not expressed in words."
- See p. 179.
asked Confucius, saying, "Master, when you go at a walk, I go at a walk. When you trot, I trot. When you gallop, I gallop. But when you dash beyond the bounds of mortality, I can only stand staring behind. How is this?"
"Explain yourself," said Confucius.
"I mean," continued Yen Yüan, "that as you speak, I speak. As you argue, I argue. As you preach Tao, so I preach Tao. And by 'when you dash beyond the bounds of mortality I can only stand staring behind,' I mean that without speaking you make people believe you, without striving you make people love you, without factitious attractions you gather people around you. I cannot understand how this is so."
"What is there to prevent you from finding out?" replied Confucius. "There is no sorrow to be compared with the death of the mind. The death of the body is of but secondary importance.
- Cf. ch. ii, "The body decomposes, and the mind goes with it. This is our real cause for sorrow."
"The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.