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

Six at the beginning means:
To spread white rushes underneath.
No blame.
() Nine in the second place means:
A dry poplar sprouts at the root.
An older man takes a young wife.
Everything furthers.
() Nine in the fourth place means:
The ridgepole is braced. Good fortune.
If there are ulterior motives, it is humiliating.
Nine in the fifth place means:
A withered poplar puts forth flowers.
An older woman takes a husband.
No blame. No praise.

36. Ming I / Darkening of the Light

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--- --- above K'un The Receptive, Earth
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--- --- below Li The Clinging, Flame

The Judgement

Darkening of the Light. In adversity
It furthers one to be persevering.

The Image

The light has sunk into the earth:
The image of Darkening of the Light.
Thus does the superior man live with the great mass:
He veils his light, yet still shines.