The JudgementGATHERING TOGETHER. Success.
The king approaches his temple.
It furthers one to see the great man.
This brings success. Perseverance furthers.
To bring great offerings creates good fortune.
It furthers one to undertake something.
The ImageOver the earth, the lake:
The image of GATHERING TOGETHER.
Thus the superior man renews his weapons
In order to meet the unforeseen.
- 6 - Lamenting and sighing, floods of tears.
- 5 - If in gathering together one has position,
This brings no blame.
If there are some who are not yet sincerely in the work,
Sublime and enduring perseverance is needed.
Then remorse disappears.
- 4 - Great good fortune. No blame.
- 3 - Gathering together amid sighs.
Nothing that would further.
Going is without blame.
- 2 - Letting oneself be drawn
Brings good fortune and remains blameless.
If one is sincere,
It furthers one to bring even a small offering.
- 1 - If you are sincere, but not to the end,
There will sometimes be confusion, sometimes gathering together.
If you call out,
Then after one grasp of the hand you can laugh again.
Regret not. Going is without blame.
CommentaryThis hexagram is related in form and meaning to Pi, HOLDING TOGETHER (8).
In the latter, water is over the earth; here a lake is over the earth.
But since the lake is a place where water collects, the idea of gathering together is even more strongly expressed here than in the other hexagram.
The same idea also arises from the fact that in the present case it is two strong lines (the fourth and the fifth) that bring about the gathering together, whereas in the former case one strong line (the fifth) stands in the midst of weak lines.