16) Yu: Joy
C: When thunder emerges, earth stirs, joy; the ancient kings made music to honor virtue, offering it in abundance to God, sharing it with their ancestors.
L: It is advantageous to set up a ruler and mobilize the army.
E: Proper timing in action.
L: Trumpeting joy is inauspicious.
E: This is false happiness, being foolish and associating with petty people, ultimately entering into a state of inflexible ignorance.
L: Firm as a rock, not procrastinating, rectitude is good.
E: Having no greed, no ambition, happy with knowledge of the celestial order, not hesitating to safeguard against external artificiality, is the happiness of preserving rectitude and thus receiving good fortune.
L: Looking up to joy, if repentance is tardy there will be regret.
E: Abandoning one’s own happiness and looking up hopefully to the happiness of others, causes one to lose happiness. To avoid regret, it is necessary to repent once it is realized that there is no benefit in looking to others.
L: Being the source of joy, there is great gain. Do not doubt. Companions gather.
E: One yang, unconfused and influential, within a group of yins, is the source of joy. Overcoming confusion by unity and stopping distraction by concentration, is happiness of gain through the use of firm strength.
L: There is persistent illness, but one never dies.
E: Being flexible without firmness, keeping to indifferent emptiness, inhibits one from reaching innate happiness.
L: Oblivious in joy. What comes about has change; there is no blame.
E: In oblivion of joy, one submits to the enjoyment of desire, where joy culminates and becomes sadness. The pursuit of desire and the loss of happiness is self-defeating.