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  • 15. Ch'ien / Modesty

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    --- --- above K'un The Receptive, Earth
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    --- --- below Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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    The Judgement

    Modesty creates success.
    The superior man carries things through.

    The Image

    Within the earth, a mountain:
    The image of Modesty.
    Thus the superior man reduces that which is too much,
    And augments that which is too little.
    He weighs things and makes them equal.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    A superior man modest about his modesty
    May cross the great water.
    Good fortune.
    Change in the second place means:
    Modesty that comes to expression.
    Perseverance brings good fortune.
    Change in the third place means:
    A superior man of modesty and merit
    Carries things to conclusion.
    Good fortune.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    Nothing that would not further modesty
    In movement.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    No boasting of wealth before one's neighbor.
    It is favorable to attack with force.
    Nothing that would not further.
    Change at the top means:
    Modesty that comes to expression.
    It is favorable to set armies marching
    To chastise one's own city and one's country.

 
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