1. The Kung-po Liao, having slandered Tsze-lu
to Chi-sun, Tsze-fu Ching-po informed Confucius of it, saying, 'Our master is
certainly being led astray by the Kung-po Liao, but I have still power enough
left to cut Liao off, and expose his corpse in the market and in the
2. The Master said, 'If my principles are to
advance, it is so ordered. If they are to fall to the ground, it is so ordered.
What can the Kung-po Liao do where such ordering is concerned?'