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  • 29. K'an / The Abysmal (Water)

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    ------- above K'an The Abysmal, Water
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    ------- below K'an The Abysmal, Water
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    The Judgement

    The Abysmal repeated.
    If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
    And whatever you do succeeds.

    The Image

    Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches it goal:
    The image of the Abysmal repeated.
    Thus the superior man walks in lasting virtue
    And carries on the business of teaching.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    Repetition of the Abysmal.
    In the abyss one falls into a pit.
    Change in the second place means:
    The abyss is dangerous.
    One should strive to attain small things only.
    Change in the third place means:
    Forward and backward, abyss on abyss.
    In danger like this, pause at first and wait,
    Otherwise you will fall into a pit in the abyss.
    Do not act in this way.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    A jug of wine, a bowl of rice with it;
    Earthen vessels
    Simply handed in through the window.
    There is certainly no blame in this.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    The abyss is not filled to overflowing,
    It is filled only to the rim.
    No blame.
    Change at the top means:
    Bound with cords and ropes,
    Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls:
    For three years one does not find the way.

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