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  • 28. Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great

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    ------- above Tui The Joyous, Lake
    ------- below Sun The Gentle, Wind
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    The Judgement

    Preponderance of the Great.
    The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
    It furthers one to have somewhere to go.

    The Image

    The lake rises above the trees:
    The image of Preponderance of the Great.
    Thus the superior man, when he stands alone,
    Is unconcerned,
    And if he has to renounce the world,
    He is undaunted.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    To spread white rushes underneath.
    No blame.
    Change in the second place means:
    A dry poplar sprouts at the root.
    An older man takes a young wife.
    Everything furthers.
    Change in the third place means:
    The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    The ridgepole is braced. Good fortune.
    If there are ulterior motives, it is humiliating.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    A withered poplar puts forth flowers.
    An older woman takes a husband.
    No blame. No praise.
    Change at the top means:
    One must go through the water.
    It goes over one's head.
    Misfortune. No blame.

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