Was a fanatic for uniformity, civil and religious; the last thing he was likely to tolerate was a handful of eccentric recluses, who believed themselves to be in special touch with Heaven, and therefore might at any moment set their conscience up against the law.
And even among the Digambaras it is only the recluses or Yatis, men devoted to a religious life, who carry out this practice.
While travelling about, Confucius repeatedly came across recluses, - a class of men who had retired from the world in disgust.
The manner in which its order of mendicant recluses, at first founded to afford better opportunities to those who wished to carry out that system in practical life, developed at last into a hierarchical monarchy will best be understood by a sketch of the history of Tibet.
He nowhere says himself that his preaching made many converts, but his example was followed by many recluses in the north of England.