Zilu rocks the house

子曰:「由之瑟,奚為於丘之門?」門人不敬子路。子曰:「由也升堂矣!未入於室也!」
Confucius said: “What is Zilu doing playing that type of music in my house?” The disciples began showing disrespect to Zilu. Confucius said: “Zilu may not have entered the inner chamber yet, but he has at least reached the reception hall.”

Although Confucius is irritated at Zilu for playing loud military music rather than peaceful, calming tunes, he doesn’t expect his disciples to overreact by showing their disrespect for their colleague.

He therefore tries to mollify their reaction by telling them that they shouldn’t behave like that towards someone who has taken the trouble to learn how to make music even if his aesthetic sense is still lacking.

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