At Lao Tzu's Funeral

When Lao Tzu died, Ch'in Yi went to the funeral. He uttered three yells and departed. A disciple asked him, "Were you not our Master's friend?"

"I was," replied Ch'in Yi.

"And if so, do you consider that a sufficient expression of grief at his death?"  the disciple asked again.

"I do," said Ch'in Yi. "I had thought he was a secular man, but now I know that he was not. When I went in to mourn, I found old people weeping as if for their children, young ones wailing as if for their mothers. When these people met, they must have admired Lao Tzu and shed tears for him but it was not what Lao Tzu had expected. To cry thus at one's death is to evade the natural principles of life and death and increase human attachments, forgetting the source from which we receive this life. In ancient time, this was called 'evading the retribution of Heaven.' The Master came, because it was his time to be born; He went, because it was his time to go away. Those who accept the natural course and sequence of things and live in obedience to it are beyond joy and sorrow. The ancients spoke of this as the emancipation from bondage. "

The wax will be used up when the candle is burned but fire will go on without end.
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