The JudgementTHE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT.
Not eating at home brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
The ImageHeaven within the mountain:
The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT.
Thus the superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity
And many deeds of the past,
In order to strengthen his character thereby.
- 6 - One attains the way of heaven. Success.
- 5 - The tusk of a gelded boar.
- 4 - The headboard of a young bull.
Great good fortune.
- 3 - A good horse that follows others.
Awareness of danger,
With perseverance, furthers.
Practice chariot driving and armed defense daily.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
- 2 - The axletrees are taken from the wagon.
- 1 - Danger is at hand. It furthers one to desist.
CommentaryThe Creative is tamed by Kên, Keeping Still.
This produces great power, a situation in contrast to that of the ninth hexagram, Hsiao Ch’u, THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL, in which the Creative is tamed by the Gentle alone.
There one weak line must tame five strong lines, but here four strong lines are restrained by two weak lines; in addition to a minister, there is a prince, and the restraining power therefore is far stronger.
The hexagram has a threefold meaning, expressing different aspects of the concept “holding firm.”
Heaven within the mountain gives the idea of holding firm in the sense of holding together; the trigram Kên which holds the trigram Ch’ien still, gives the idea of holding firm in the sense of holding back; the third idea is that of holding firm in the sense of caring for and nourishing.
This last is suggested by the fact that a strong line at the top, which is the ruler of the hexagram, is honored and tended as a sage.
The third of these meanings also attaches specifically to this strong line at the top, which represents the sage.