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" Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, 'While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits?' Chi Lu added, 'I venture to ask about death? "
Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap der Kunsten en Wetenschappen - Page 544
by Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen - 1881
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The Sphere of Religion: A Consideration of Its Nature and of Its Influence ...

Frank Sargent Hoffman - Civilization - 1908 - 394 pages
...of his disciples once asked him about serving the spirits of the dead and the master replied : ' ' While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits?" and when asked a question about death, he answered : " While you do not know life, how can you know...
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The Religions of Eastern Asia

Horace Grant Underwood - Buddhism - 1910 - 267 pages
...his own happiness, and to that of the world in general. — "Confucianism," p. 68. ter, as saying, "While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits?" and when questioned in regard to death, his reply was, " While you do not know life, how...
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Great Religious Teachers of the East

Alfred Wilhelm Martin - Religions - 1911 - 268 pages
...future to be generous and just. A characteristic passage from his sayings is the following: " Chi-Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead, and the...disciple added, 'I venture to ask about death/ and he was answered, 'While you do not know life, how can you know about death ? '" Still more striking...
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The Light of the World: A Brief Comparative Study of Christianity and Non ...

Robert Elliott Speer - Christianity and other religions - 1911 - 372 pages
...of disorder, and spiritual beings he did not like to talk about." The Analects tell us, also, that "Ke Loo asked about serving the spirits of the dead,...'While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits?' The disciple added, 'I venture to ask about death, ' and he was answered, 'While you do not...
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The Ethics of Confucius: The Sayings of the Master and His Disciples Upon ...

Confucius - Conduct of life - 1915 - 323 pages
...memorable colloquy with one of his disciples: "Ke Loo asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said : ' While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits?' " (Analects, bk. xi., c. xi.) The same, in a slightly different form, he repeated at another...
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An Introduction to the Study of Some Living Religions of the East

Sydney Cave - Asia - 1921 - 255 pages
...but he would say little of the existence of the spirits of the dead which that worship presupposes. " While you are not able to serve men how can you serve their spirits ? " " While you do not 'know life, how can you know about death ? " 3 His interest lay jn this world,...
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The Chinese Mind: Essentials of Chinese Philosophy and Culture

Charles A. Moore - Philosophy - 1978 - 416 pages
...the following stand: "Chilu [a disciple of Confucius] asked about serving the spirits [of the dead]. The Master said, "While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits?" Chi-Iu added, "I venture to ask about death?" He got the answer, "While you do not know life, how can...
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Confucianism and Christianity: The First Encounter, Volume 1

John D. Young - Religion - 1983 - 196 pages
...due to men, and, while respecting ghosts and spirits, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom; While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits? . . . while you do not know life, how can you know about death? Book 6, Chapter 20; Book 1 1 , Chapter...
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On Adam Smith and Confucius: The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Analects

Wei-Bin Zhang - Philosophy - 2000 - 152 pages
...the same issue, in The Analects we read: Ji Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead. Confucius said, "while you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits?" Ji Lu added, "I venture to ask about death?" He was answered, "While you do not know life, how can...
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Tongues of Fire: A Bible of Sacred Scriptures of the Non-Christian World

Grace H. Turnbull - Religion - 2001 - 422 pages
...Hem, XVII, XVIII, XXV, XXVII. TZU-LU asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master replied : While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits? Tzu-lu went on to enquire about death. The Master said : Before you know what life is, how can you...
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