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Hexagram 39
Chien - Obstruction

yin
yang above: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
yin
yang
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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Hexagram Thirty-Nine/Line Two


Six in the second place means:
The King's servant is beset by obstruction upon obstruction,
But it is not his own fault.

'The parable of The Unmerciful Servant' (Matthew 18:28) - Harold Copping


Ordinarily it is best to go around an obstacle and try to overcome it along the line of least resistance. But there is one instance in which a man must go out to meet the trouble, even though difficulty piles upon difficulty: this is when the path of duty leads directly to it - in other words, when he cannot act of his own volition but is duty bound to go and seek out danger in the service of a higher cause. Then he may do it without compunction, because it is not through any fault of his that he is putting himself in this difficult situation.



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