DAY 3 SHANDONG TRAVEL: CONFUCIAN HOME, TEMPLE AND TOMB
homage to an empty tomb
a sage after death
When the Red guards extombed Confucius grave, they saw no corpse or skeletons buried inside. The sage has not risen to heaven; there was no need to invent a story. (The historical Kuan Kong grave was also without his corpse.) The descendants were smart enough not to shift his remains to the new tomb. We must be aware that Confucius was well versed in Fong Shui (geomancy); he edited Yi Jing, the first premier to all Chinese Classics. Apparently in a Yin premise, it was not necessary for the dead body to be buried there. It means cremation was quite acceptable. It is the regular homage by his descendants, disciples and other visitors, over many generations, that begets the endless energy for his teaching to survive, against all odds. Similarly with Buddhism (not in India) and Daoism in China. Ancestor worship would enhance family harmony, and many would disagree, so let it be.
Confucius was a multi talented teacher, but lived a very poor and disappointed life. In modern day China, he was torn down as symbols of backward feudalism. People search for meaning of life, so they found meaning in a new religion. How could learning, love, sincerity, benevolence, respect be outmoded and backward? The Chinese soon learned that many things they acquired, including Marxism, were really not theirs at all. What was theirs they dared not study in the right perspective.
Even in the engraved stone, the word for holy, sheng, was written wrongly. Instead of a ren below the two radicals, it was a wang. This is refereed to the traditional script.
The talented teacher was respected at a distance by emperors when alive, and made a sage, a demi god when dead. The idols was there to pray, not his teaching to learn, and instilled mindset changes; most importantly conduct and relate changes.
To continue another day …