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The original Richard Wilhelm translation for the hexagram line...


Hexagram 41
Sun - Decrease

yang
yin above: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
yin
yin
yang below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Forty-One/Line One


Nine at the beginning [yang at bottom] means:
Going quickly when one's tasks are finished
Is without blame.
But one must reflect on how much one may decrease others.

'The Art of Painting', 1666-67 - Johannes Vermeer


It is unselfish and good when a man, after completing his own urgent tasks, uses his strength in the service of others, and without bragging or making much of it, helps quickly where help is needed. But the man in a superior position who is thus aided must weigh carefully how much he can accept without doing the helpful servant or friend real harm. Only where such delicacy of feeling exists can one give oneself unconditionally and without hesitation.



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