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


Hexagram 42
I - Increase

yang
yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind
yin
yin
yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
yang
 

CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Forty-Two/Line Six


Nine at the top means:
He brings increase to no one.
Indeed, someone even strikes him.
He does not keep his heart constantly steady.
Misfortune.

'Rommel under Attack' - Lance Russwurm
Two Canadian Spitfires from 412 Squadron have spotted the staff car with Field Marshal Rommel, who is in charge of the German defenses, and are curving in to the attack....., Normandy, July 17, 1944


The meaning here is that through renunciation those in high place should bring increase to those below. By neglecting this duty and helping no one, they in turn lose the furthering influence of others and soon find themselves alone. In this way they invite attacks. An attitude not permanently in harmony with the demands of the time will necessarily bring misfortune with it. Kongfu (Confucius) says about this line:

The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks; he makes his relations firm before he asks for something. By attending to these three matters, the superior man gains complete security. But if a man is brusque in his movements, others will not co-operate. If he is agitated in his words, they awaken no echo in others. If he asks for something without having first established relations, it will not be given to him. If no one is with him, those who would harm him draw near.



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