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《中庸》中英文版 第二十八章

2016-04-14    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

《中庸》中英文版 第二十八章

第二十八章 明辩--无征不信,不信民弗从

“王天下有三重焉,其寡过矣乎!上焉者虽善无征,无征不信,不信民弗从;下焉者虽善不尊,不尊不信,不信民弗从。故君子之道,本诸身,征诸庶民,考诸三王而不缪,建诸天地而不悖,质诸鬼神而无疑,百世以俟圣人而不惑。质诸鬼神而无疑,知天也;百世以俟圣人而不惑,知人也。是故君子动而世为天下道,行而世为天下法,言而世为天下则。远之则有望,近之则不厌。《诗》曰:‘在彼无恶,在此无射,庶几夙夜,以永终誉!’君子未有不如此而早有誉于天下者也。”

He who attains to the sovereignty of the kingdom, having those three important things, shall be able to effect that there shall be few errors under his government.

However excellent may have been the regulations of those of former times, they cannot be attested. Not being attested, they cannot command credence, and not being credited, the people would not follow them. However excellent might be the regulations made by one in an inferior situation, he is not in a position to be honored. Unhonored, he cannot command credence, and not being credited, the people would not follow his rules.

Therefore the institutions of the Ruler are rooted in his own character and conduct, and sufficient attestation of them is given by the masses of the people. He examines them by comparison with those of the three kings, and finds them without mistake. He sets them up before Heaven and Earth, and finds nothing in them contrary to their mode of operation. He presents himself with them before spiritual beings, and no doubts about them arise. He is prepared to wait for the rise of a sage a hundred ages after, and has no misgivings.

His presenting himself with his institutions before spiritual beings, without any doubts arising about them, shows that he knows Heaven. His being prepared, without any misgivings, to wait for the rise of a sage a hundred ages after, shows that he knows men.

Such being the case, the movements of such a ruler, illustrating his institutions, constitute an example to the world for ages. His acts are for ages a law to the kingdom. His words are for ages a lesson to the kingdom. Those who are far from him look longingly for him; and those who are near him are never wearied with him.

It is said in the Book of Poetry,-"Not disliked there, not tired of here, from day to day and night tonight, will they perpetuate their praise." Never has there been a ruler, who did not realize this description, that obtained an early renown throughout the kingdom.

【原文】

天下有三重蔫(1)其寡过矣乎!上焉者(2),虽善无征,无征不信,不信民弗从。下蔫者(3),虽善不尊,不尊不信,不信民弗从。

故君子之道,本诸身,征诸庶民,考诸三王而不缪(4),建诸天地而不悖(5),质诸鬼神而无疑(6),百世以俟圣人而不丁惑(7)质诸鬼神而无疑,知天也;百世以俟圣人而下惑,知人也。是故君子动而世为天下道(8),行而世为天下法,言而世为天下则。远之则有望(9),近之则不厌。

《诗》日:“在彼无恶,在此无射。庶几夙夜,以永终誉(10)。”君子未有不如此而蚤(11)有誉于天下者也。

【注释】

(1)王天下有三重蔫:王(Wang),作动词用,王天下即在天下做王的意思,也就是统治天下。三重,指上一章所说的三件重要的事:仪礼、制度、考文。(2)上焉者:指在上位的人,即君王。(3)下焉者:指在下位的人,即臣下。(4)三王:指夏、商、周三代君王。(5)建,立。(6)质:质询,询问,(7)俟:待。(8)道:通“导”,先导。(9)望:威望。(10)”《诗》曰”句:引自《诗经•周颂•振鹭》。。射(yi),《诗经》本作“斁”,厌弃的意思。庶几(ji),几乎。夙(sU)夜:早晚,夙,早。(11)蚤:即“早”。

【译文】

治理天下能够做好议订礼仪,制订法度,考订文字规范这三件重要的事,也就没有什么大的过失了吧!在上位的人,虽然行为很好,但如果没有验证的活,就不能使人信服,不能使人信服,老百姓就不会听从。在下位的人,虽然行为很好,但由于没有尊贵的地位,也不能使人信服,不能使人信服,老百姓就不会听从。

所以君子治理天下应该以自身的德行为根本,并从老百姓那里得到验证。考查夏、商、周三代先王的做法而没有背谬,立于天地之间而没有悖乱,质询于鬼神而没有疑问,百世以后侍到圣人出现也没有什么不理解的地方。质询于鬼神而没有疑问,这是知道天理;百世以后侍到圣人出现也没有什么不理解的地方,这是知道人意。所以君于的举止能世世代代成为天下的先导,行为能世世代代成为天下的法度,语言能世世代代成为天下准则。在远处有威望,在近处也不使人厌恶。

《诗经》说,“在那里没有人憎恶,在这里没有人厌烦,日日夜夜操劳啊,为了保持美好的名望。”君于没有不这样做而能够早早在天下获得名望的。

【读解】

这一章承接“居上下骄”的意思而发挥。要求当政者身体力行,不仅要有好的德行修养,而且要有行为实践的验证,才能取信于民,使人听从,这就好比我们今天要求政府为老百姓办实事一样。不管你把自己的德行吹上天,也不管你的规划有多宏伟,做一两件实事,拿一点政绩出来给我们看看:你修的路在哪里?你建的房在哪里?你办的学校在哪里?市场是否繁荣?物价是否上涨?如此等等,不一而足。只有这样,才能做到“远之则有望,近之则不厌”,成为老百姓的公仆。

提高到理论上来说,这一章所强调的,依然是重实践的观点。“本诸身,征诸庶民”,以自身的德行为根本,并从老百姓那里得到验证。这是主客观的结合,理论与实践的统一,用客观实践来检验自己的主观意图、见解、理论是否符合老百姓的利益与愿望。从而使自己的举止能世世代代成为天下的先导,行为能世世代代成为天下的法度,语言能世世代代成为天下的准则。

这里当然还是蕴含着儒者对伟大与崇高的向往和对不朽的渴望,也就是中国古代知识分子崇奉的立德、立功、立言三不朽追求。



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