Selected Quotes from Commentary of Zuo: A Historical Foundation for Understanding Falun Dafa (Part 4 of 4)
(Continued from Part 3)
(Minghui.org) The Commentary of Zuo, or Zuo Zhuan, is an ancient Chinese historical narrative 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 a 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 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 are additional quotes from this Chinese classic:
30. Calamity shall arise when officials lack credibility. Without supporters one is sure to perish. (“Year 14 of Duke Xi” in Commentary of Zuo)
31. The ruin of a state comes about because of corruption by its officials. Officials lose virtue when accepting and offering bribes on behalf of the ruler. (“Year 2 of Duke Huan” in Commentary of Zuo)
32. A state flourishes when it prevents its people from getting hurt, which is a blessing. A state perishes when it treats its people with contempt, disdain and insolence, which brings about calamity. (“Year 1 of Duke Ai” in Commentary of Zuo)
33. When you love children, you should teach them righteousness and not assist their slide into depravity. (“Year 3 of Duke Yin” in Commentary of Zuo)