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  • 41. Sun / Decrease

    --- --- above Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
    --- ---
    --- ---
    ------- below Tui The Joyous, Lake

    The Judgement

    Decrease combined with sincerity
    Brings about supreme good fortune
    Without blame.
    One may be persevering in this.
    It furthers one to undertake something.
    How is this to be carried out?
    One may use two small bowls for the sacrifice.

    The Image

    At the foot of the mountain, the lake:
    The image of Decrease.
    Thus the superior man controls his anger
    And restrains his instincts.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    Going quickly when one's tasks are finished
    Is without blame.
    But one must reflect on how much one may decrease others.
    Change in the second place means:
    Perseverance furthers.
    To undertake something brings misfortune.
    Without decreasing oneself,
    One is able to bring increase to others.
    Change in the third place means:
    When three people journey together,
    Their number decreases by one.
    When one man journeys alone,
    He finds a companion.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    If a man decreases his faults,
    It makes the other hasten to come and rejoice.
    No blame.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    Someone does indeed increase him.
    Ten pairs of tortoises cannot oppose it.
    Supreme good fortune.
    Change at the top means:
    If one is increased without depriving others,
    there is no blame.
    Perseverance brings good fortune.
    It furthers one to undertake something.
    One obtains servants
    But no longer has a separate home.

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