Selected Quotes from Commentary of Zuo: A Historical Foundation for Understanding Falun Dafa (Part 1 of 4)
(Minghui.org) The Commentary of Zuo, or Zuo Zhuan, is an ancient Chinese narrative history about the chronicle Spring and Autumn Annals. Legend has it that it was compiled by Zuo Qiuming, an official historian of the State of Lu, which is in today's Shandong Province. It covers the period from 722 to 468 BC and focuses mainly on political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military affairs from that era.
Also documented in the Commentary of Zuo are heavenly principles, divine inspirations, and cosmic portents, as well as commentary on various aspects of social life, which the author considered worth mentioning as a reminder.
Many Chinese sayings and idioms in the Commentary of Zuo promote traditional culture and moral values, which were instrumental in building the foundation for today's people to understand Falun Dafa.
Compiled below, in four parts, are quotes from this Chinese classic.
1. One should listen to and accept good advice just as one would watch a stream of flowing water. (“Year 8 of Duke Cheng” in Commentary of Zuo)
2. Who is without faults? But, there can be no greater accomplishment than for a man to realize his faults and correct them. (“Year 2 of Duke Xuan” in Commentary of Zuo)
3. Fondness for learning and of an unchanging will. (“Year 13 of Duke Zhao” in Commentary of Zuo)
4. All virtues are connected to sincerity and respectfulness. One who can show sincerity and respect is sure to have virtue. (“Year 33 of Duke Xi” in Commentary of Zuo)
5. Cultivating oneself without finding fault with others. (“Year 2 of Duke Min” in Commentary of Zuo)
6. It is stated in the Books of Zhou, the “Great Heaven has no affections. It helps only the virtuous,” as well as, “It is not the millet that has the spreading fragrance; it is bright virtue that spreads far and wide.” (“Year 5 of Duke Xi” in Commentary of Zuo)
7. It is the virtuous who will be blessed and protected by the deities. (“Year 5 of Duke Xi” in Commentary of Zuo)
8. Virtue is complete, which is vast. It is as vast as the all encompassing heaven, and as the all sustaining earth. (“Year 29 of Duke Xiang” in Commentary of Zuo)
9. The words of a superior man are true and supported by evidence. (“Year 8 of Duke Zhao” in Commentary of Zuo)
10. I do not deceive you; you do not cheat me. (“Year 15 of Duke Xuan” in Commentary of Zuo)
11. By one's many deeds of unrighteousness, one will bring destruction to oneself. (Year 1 of Duke Yin in Commentary of Zuo)
Category: Traditional Culture