Post Reply 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Chuang Tzu's Story: duke of Zan caught a huge fish (任公子钓大鱼)
03-20-2011, 06:28 PM
Post: #1
Chuang Tzu's Story: duke of Zan caught a huge fish (任公子钓大鱼)
I read a story in the book of Zhuangzi and here I like to share with people for entertainment and understanding. People can find the story in chapter 26 of Zhuangzi:

A son of the duke of Zan, having provided himself with a great hook, a powerful black line, and fifty steers to be used as bait, squatted down on (mount) Kwâi Khî, and threw the line into the Eastern Sea. Morning after morning he angled thus, and for a whole year caught nothing. At the end of that time, a great fish swallowed the bait, and dived down, dragging the great hook with him. Then it rose to the surface in a flurry, and flapped with its fins, till the white waves rose like hills, and the waters were lashed into fury. The noise was like that of imps and spirits, and spread terror for a thousand lî. The prince having got such a fish, cut it in slices and dried them. From the Keh river to the east, and from Tshang-wû to the north, there was not one who did not eat his full from that fish; and in subsequent generations, story-tellers of small abilities have all repeated the story to one another with astonishment. (But) if the prince had taken his rod, with a fine line, and gone to pools and ditches, and watched for minnows and gobies, it would have been difficult for him to get a large fish. Those who dress up their small tales to obtain favour with the magistrates are far from being men of great understanding; and therefore one who has not heard the story of this scion of Zan is not fit to take any part in the government of the world;-- far is he from being so'.


Do you think you have gained some ideas after reading the story? Please write some on this forum and exchange of ideas is sure to bring about more understanding.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 

Forum Jump:

User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
Follow us on

Adapted By DaMo Qigong & Taoist Internal Alchemy | Copyright © 2001 - 2011 DaMo Qigong & Taoist Internal Alchemy