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Hexagram 15
Ch'ien - Modesty

yin above: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
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Hexagram Fifteen/Line Six

Six at the top means:
Modesty that comes to expression.
It is favourable to set armies marching
To chastise one's own city and one's country.

Xian warriors

A person who is really sincere in his modesty must make it show in reality. He must proceed with great energy in this. When enmity arises nothing is easier than to lay the blame on another. A weak man takes offence perhaps, and draws back, feeling self-pity; he thinks that it is modesty that keeps him from defending himself. Genuine modesty sets one to creating order and inspires one to begin by disciplining one's own ego and one's immediate circle. Only through having the courage to marshal one's armies against oneself, will something forceful really be achieved.1

1. There are not many hexagrams in the Book of Changes in which all the lines have an exclusive favourable meaning, as in the hexagram of MODESTY. This shows how great a value Chinese wisdom places on this virtue.

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