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  • 39. Chien / Obstruction

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    ------- above K'an The Abysmal, Water
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    --- --- below Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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    The Judgement

    Obstruction. The southwest furthers.
    The northeast does not further.
    It furthers one to see the great man.
    Perseverance brings good fortune.

    The Image

    Water on the mountain:
    The image of Obstruction.
    Thus the superior man turns his attention to himself
    And molds his character.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    Going leads to obstructions,
    Coming meets with praise.
    Change in the second place means:
    The king's servant is beset by obstruction upon obstruction,
    But it is not his own fault.
    Change in the third place means:
    Going leads to obstructions;
    Hence he comes back.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    Going leads to obstructions,
    Coming leads to union.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    In the midst of the greatest obstructions,
    Friends come.
    Change at the top means:
    Going leads to obstructions,
    Coming leads to great good fortune.
    It furthers one to see the great man.

 
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