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  • 34. Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great

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    --- --- above Chên The Arousing, Thunder
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    ------- below Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven
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    The Judgement

    The Power of the Great. Perseverance furthers.

    The Image

    Thunder in heaven above:
    The image of The Power of the Great.
    Thus the superior man does not tread upon paths
    That do not accord with established order.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    Power in the toes.
    Continuing brings misfortune.
    This is certainly true.
    Change in the second place means:
    Perseverance brings good fortune.
    Change in the third place means:
    The inferior man works through power.
    The superior man does not act thus.
    To continue is dangerous.
    A goat butts against a hedge
    And gets its horns entangled.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    Perseverance brings good fortune.
    Remorse disappears.
    The hedge opens; there is no entanglement.
    Power depends upon the axle of a big cart.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    Loses the goat with ease.
    No remorse.
    Change at the top means:
    A goat butts against a hedge.
    It cannot go backward, it cannot go forward.
    Nothing serves to further.
    If one notes the difficulty, this brings good fortune.

 
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