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


Hexagram 17
Sui - Following

yin
yang above: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
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yin
yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Seventeen/Line Four


Nine in the fourth place means:
Following creates success.
Perseverance brings misfortune.
To go one's way with sincerity brings clarity.
How could there be blame in this?

'Flattery' - Juan Gris, 1908 - Pencil, color pencil and watercolor on paper


It often happens, when a man exerts a certain amount of influence, that he obtains a following by condescension toward inferiors. But the people who attach themselves to him are not honest in their intentions. They seek personal advantage and try to make themselves indispensable through flattery and subservience. If one becomes accustomed to such satellites and cannot do without them, it brings misfortune. Only when a man is completely free from his ego, and intent, by conviction, upon what is right and essential, does he acquire the clarity that enables him to see through such people, and become free of blame.



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