Two Fables About Great Yu (from: A New Interpretation of Chinese Taoist Philosophy, Chapter 5)

One day, Hermit Mulberry told Confucius, “When Shun was dying, he charged Yu, ‘Be careful. As for the form, let it follow along. As for feelings, let them go where they are led. What follows is not left behind, and what goes where it is led is not belaboured. If you are neither left behind nor belaboured, you will not depend on decoration to support your form, you certainly will not depend on things.’” (Chuang Tzu Chapter 20)

When Yao was the king, Master Tall was named as a lord. After Yao left the throne to Shun, who left it over to Yu, Master Tall resigned from his lordship and became a farmer. Yu went to see him and met him in the farm field. To show his respect, Yu stood in the direction the wind was blowing, and asked, “You were named a lord when Yao was the king but now you have become a farmer after I acceded the throne. Please pardon me for asking why?” Master Tall replied, “In Yao’s time, people followed without reward, and obeyed without punishment. Now people are not kind even with your reward and punishment. From now on, virtue is declining, and the system of punishment is set up. The chaos in the coming generations has started now. Why do you not leave? Do not waste my time.” He then bent over to work in the field. (Chuang Tze Chapter 12)
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