The Hexagrams


Book Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Technique
Base Structure of the I Ching
The Hexagrams
 — 01 QIAN (Yang) — 02 KUN (Yin) — 03 TUN (Difficult Beginning) — 04 MENG (Immaturity) — 05 XU (Waiting Patiently) — 06 SONG (Dispute) — 07 SHI (The Army) — 08 BI (Fellowship) — 09 XIAO CHU (Small Accumulation) — 10 LI (Conduct) — 11 TAI (Peace) — 12 PI (Obstacle) — 13 TONG REN (Fellowship) — 14 DA YOU (Great Harvest) — 15 QIEN (Modesty) — 16 YU (Enthusiasm) — 17 SUI (Compliance) — 18 GU (Correcting the Corruption) — 19 LIN (Advancing) — 20 GUAN (Contemplation) — 21 SHI HO (Biting Through Hardship) — 22 BI (Adornment) — 23 BO (Erosion) — 24 FU (Return) — 25 WU WANG (Innocence) — 26 DA CHU (Great Potential) — 27 YI (Nourishment) — 28 DA GUO (Critical Mass) — 29 KAN (Watery Depths) — 30 LI (Fire) — 31 XIAN (Mutual Attraction) — 32 HENG (Constancy) — 33 DUN (Retreat) — 34 DA ZHUANG (Power of the Great) — 35 JIN (Success) — 36 MING YI (Time of Darkness) — 37 JIA REN (Family) — 38 KUI (Contradiction) — 39 JIAN (Obstruction) — 40 JIE (Dissolution of the Problem) — 41 SUN (Sacrifice) — 42 YI (Benefit) — 43 GUAI (Resolution) — 44 GOU (Contact) — 45 CUI (Congregation) — 46 SHENG (Rising) — 47 KUN (Adversity) — 48 JING (The Well) — 49 GE (Revolution) — 50 DING (The Cauldron) — 51 ZHEN (Force of Thunder) — 52 GEN (Keeping Still) — 53 JIAN (Gradual Progress) — 54 GUI MEI (The Maiden) — 55 FENG (Peak) — 56 LU (The Wanderer) — 57 XUN (Gentle Wind) — 58 DUI (Joyousness) — 59 HUAN (Scattered) — 60 JIE (Self-Restraint) — 61 ZHONG FU (Inner Truth) — 62 XIAO GUO (Predominance of the Small) — 63 JI JI (After Crossing the Water) — 64 WEI JI (Before Crossing the Water)

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Modesty / Humility / Moderation

Modesty and moderation bring success.

This is another hexagram in the I Ching where all six lines are positive and beneficial. According to Richard Wilhelm, this shows ‘how great a value Chinese wisdom places in this virtue.’ When you are in a position of authority, consideration of others is particularly important. Besides, you should be humble especially when you are praised.

1. With a modest and disciplined attitude, much can be achieved and you can get a lift from a lowly position into a higher sphere of responsibility or realm of being. If some travel is connected with your project, do the trip and it will bring you advantage!

2. Your attitude of moderation brings you advance in all affairs. It is beneficial to be to the point and carry out your duties mindfully. Your proper conduct will bring you success.

3. Do not distinguish between pleasant and unpleasant tasks and duties. Embrace all you do with diligence and keep an attitude of modesty, then you will achieve high. Once you are widely successful, do not let fame get into your head.

4. A good reputation is not a goal in itself, thus remain modest even when you meet acclaim. Ultimately, this requires you to keep inner balance in all you do, both privately and in public. Then you will be able to maintain moderation and keep to the middle way which brings ultimate success.

5. If you do not depend on wealth or personal status and you have the benefit of all in mind, you can advance smoothly and all obstacles will vanish out of your way. This is the result of maintaining a selfless and dedicated attitude, and serve the common good.

6. Sometimes, dissatisfaction arises for the modest person as others try to take advantage of him or her. It may cause inner struggle to realize that others take one’s modesty as a display of weakness. However, do not allow others to get you out of your inner poise, but remain steadfast. Being moderate in attitude is a form of mental discipline; it does not for that matter concede others any rights over you. If you have the strength to keep your attitude intact despite all, you will gain the final victory — not those who misrepresent your motives!

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