I Ching Scriptures 41-48

41 – THE SUN HEXAGRAM

Earth of Water

Sun
SUN: Diminution; be sincere; the price
is not the measure of the sacrifice.
Leave business to help friends, but yet be wary!
Guard against action; of the cash be chary!
Three walk, one's gone; one walks, and meets a two.
By friendship one finds woes becoming few.
Here's tortoise shells from the chosen few.
Prudent though kind well served by friends o'dignitary.

42 – THE YI HEXAGRAM

Air of Fire

Yi
YI: Increase; now's no time to sit and shiver;
but to move on, even to cross the river.
Success excuses boldness; face thy fate!
Good omens and true virtue joined, essay!
Ill leads to well, for him who leads the way;
Even the capital remove he may.
Let all men share in thine approved estate!
By soul's disorders realms disintegrate.

43 – THE KWAI HEXAGRAM

Water of Lingam

Kwai
KWAI: Cutting off; displeasure; front thy foe;
but show reluctance due in acting so.
Lay well thy plans before the march begins.
Seek loyal friends and have no fear of gins.
Fight on alone; persistant courage wins!
Defeated, acquiesce - smiles conquer grins.
Uproot small men like purslane - tan their skins;
Cut off is he - and evil his end be!

44 – THE KAU HEXAGRAM

Lingam of Air

Kau
KAU: Suddenly encountering -- behold
a woman -- do not wed her? who is bold.
Restrain weak folly - or woo melancholy!
Here's fish - but ask not fishy folk to dine!
Defeated, yes; but not at meat with swine!
No fish - because thou hast mixed with thieves, in fine
conceal thy virtues - cellars ripen wine!
But hermits lose things human for divine.

45 – THE ZHUI HEXAGRAM

Water of Yoni

Zhui
ZHUI: Collection; to the shrine repair
and sacrifice the greatest victories there!
Alone, art helpless; call thy right ally;
With him, even small prayers earn heaven's swift reply.
Baffled, yet struggling, thou shalt cease to sigh.
Success excuses boldness; recollect
then to be firm in virtue and correct!
Weep for thy loneliness - but still aim high!

46 – THE SHANG HEXAGRAM

Yoni of Air

Shang
SHANG: The ascent; go seek the lofty one!
And in the south give worship to the sun!
Make thyself welcome with the great; aim high!
Small gifts are sweetened by sincere good will.
But empty cities - art thou bold to fill?
The king rewards thy true sincerity;
Ascend the stairs with proper dignity.
Firm right maintain, though blind the silent sky!

47 – THE KHWAN HEXAGRAM

Water of Moon

Khwan
KHWAN: Straitened and distressed; the great man acts.
But rhetoric is far removed from facts.
Bare buttocks - tree stump - valley - hopes decay.
Embarrassed king, be quiet and sincere!
Rocks, thorns - come home, and find thy wife astray.
Even with friends the course is hard to steer.
Rebellion? Honesty has nought to fear.
Bound? On the brink? Repent and take thy way!

48 – THE ZING HEXAGRAM

Moon of Air

Zing
ZING: Well; the common fountain of increase.
If kept with care, its virtues never cease.
Muddy or dried, what use? Beware decay.
Leaky: for shame! The worker is disgraced.
Clear, but unused; how senseless is the waste!
Well laid and lined, how noble the display.
Come drink the water - cold, pellucid - chaste.
Here to the brim it bubbles - go thy way!

 

 

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