The JudgementTHE POWER OF THE GREAT. Perseverance furthers.
The ImageThunder in heaven above:
The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT.
Thus the superior man does not tread upon paths
That do not accord with established order.
- 6 - A goat butts against a hedge.
It cannot go backward, it cannot go forward.
Nothing serves to further.
If one notes the difficulty, this brings good fortune.
- 5 - Loses the goat with ease.
- 4 - Perseverance brings good fortune.
The hedge opens; there is no entanglement.
Power depends upon the axle of a big cart.
- 3 - The inferior man works through power.
The superior man does not act thus.
To continue is dangerous.
A goat butts against a hedge
And gets its horns entangled.
- 2 - Perseverance brings good fortune.
- 1 - Power in the toes.
Continuing brings misfortune.
This is certainly true.
CommentaryThe great lines, that is, the light, strong lines, are powerful.
Four light lines have entered the hexagram from below and are about to ascend higher.
The upper trigram is Chên, the Arousing; the lower is Ch’ien, the Creative.
Ch’ien is strong, Chên produces movement.
The union of movement and strength gives the meaning of THE POWER OF THE GREAT.
The hexagram is linked with the second month (March–April).