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Tsang-tsze twice took office, and on the two occasions his state of mind was different. He said, 'While my parents were alive I took office, and though my emolument was only three fû of grain, my mind was happy. Afterwards when I took office, my emolument was three thousand kung; but I could not share it with my parents, and my mind was sad.' The other disciples asked Kung-nî, saying, 'Such an one as Shan may be pronounced free from all entanglement:-- is he to be blamed for feeling as he did?' The reply was, 'But he was subject to entanglement. If he had been free from it, could he have had that sadness? He would have looked on his three fû and three thousand kung no more than on a heron or a mosquito passing before him.'

曾子再仕而心再化,曰:“吾及亲仕,三釜而心乐;后仕,三千钟而不洎,吾心悲。”

弟子问于仲尼曰:“若参者,可谓无所悬其罪乎?”

曰:“既已悬矣。夫无所县者,可以有哀乎?彼视三釜三千钟,如观雀蚊虻相过乎前也。”
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