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


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Hexagram 60
Chieh - Limitation

yin
yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin
yin
yang below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Sixty/Line One


Nine at the beginning [yang at bottom] means:
Not going out of the door and the courtyard
Is without blame.

Chinese courtyard


Often a man who would like to undertake something finds himself confronted by insurmountable limitations. Then he must know where to stop. If he rightly understands this and does not go beyond the limits set for him, he accumulates an energy that enables him, when the proper time comes, to act with great force. Discretion is of prime importance in preparing the way for momentous things. Concerning this, Kongfu (Confucius) says:

Where disorder develops, words are the first steps. If the prince is not discreet, he loses his servant. If the servant is not discreet he loses his life. If germinating things are not handled with discretion, the perfecting of them is impeded. Therefore the superior man is careful to maintain silence and does not go forth.



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