28. Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great
above Tui The Joyous, Lake
below Sun The Gentle, Wind
Preponderance of the Great.
The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
The lake rises above the trees:
The image of Preponderance of the Great.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone,
And if he has to renounce the world,
He is undaunted.
Six at the beginning means:
To spread white rushes underneath.
Nine in the second place means:
A dry poplar sprouts at the root.
An older man takes a young wife.
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
above K'un The Receptive, Earth
below Li The Clinging, Flame
Darkening of the Light. In adversity
It furthers one to be persevering.
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.