Confucius left Lu and started wandering from state to state for 10 to 12 years with a group of disciples, hoping any leader would listen to his teachings and implement his ideas about virtuous government. Unfortunately, his search was in vain. At the age of 68, Confucius was finally invited back to his home state by the chief minister of Lu. There he finally got some of the respect he had been looking for several government officials treated him as an “elder statesman” and approached him for advice on various occasions. The number of his disciples also grew to about 70.
The Wandering Sage