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


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Hexagram 14
Ta Yu - Possession in Great Measure

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yin above: Li / The Clinging, Flame
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yang below: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fourteen/Line Three


Nine in the third place means:
A prince offers it to the Son of Heaven.
A petty man cannot do this.

Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth


A magnanimous, liberal-minded man should not regard what he possesses as his exclusive personal property, but should place it at the disposal of the ruler or of the people at large. In so doing, he takes the right attitude toward his possession, which as private property can never endure. A petty man is incapable of this. He is harmed by great possessions, because instead of sacrificing them, he would keep them for himself.1



1. This offers the same dictum about possessions as that found in the words of the Bible: "Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it" [Luke 17:33].



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