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Hexagram 29
K'an - The Abysmal (Water)

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

Hexagram Twenty-Nine/Line Four


Six in the fourth place means:
A jug of wine, a bowl of rice1 with it;
Earthen vessels
Simply handed in through the window.
There is certainly no blame in this.

In times of danger ceremonious forms are dropped. What matters most is sincerity. Although as a rule it is customary for an official to present certain introductory gifts and recommendations before he is appointed, here everything is simplified to the utmost. The gifts are insignificant, there is no one to sponsor him, he introduces himself; yet all this need not be humiliating if only there is the honest intention of mutual help in danger. Still another idea is suggested. The window is the place through which light enters the room. If in difficult times we want to enlighten someone, we must begin with that which is in itself lucid and proceed quite simply from that point on.



1. The usual translation, "two bowls of rice," has been corrected on the basis of Chinese commentaries.


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