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23) Bo: Stripping

Hexagram:

  • C: Mountains are joined to the earth; those above secure their homes by kindness to those below.

  • L: Stripping away does not make it beneficial to go anywhere.

  • E: Submission to desire, acquired mundanity dissolving away the celestial energy.

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Lines:

1 Yin:

  • L: Stripping a bed of the legs, destroying rectitude brings misfortune.

  • E: This is stripping away in which yin energy has just begun its advance, dissolving yang at the root.

2 Yin:

  • L: Stripping a bed of its frame, destroying rectitude brings misfortune.

  • E: This is stripping away in which yin energy gradually grows strong, dissolving the infrastructure of yang.

3 Yin:

  • L: Stripping away without fault.

  • E: This is stripping away in which yin energy submits to yang, dissolving stops and becomes quietude.

4 Yin:

  • L: Stripping away even the skin on the bed, misfortune.

  • E: This is stripping away in which one does things with yin energy causing misfortune.

5 Yin:

  • L: Leading fish, gaining favor through court ladies: beneficial in every respect.

  • E: This yin governs the lower yins, and true yin preserves true yang through obedience, with no stripping away.

6 Yang:

  • L: A hard fruit is not eaten. The superior person gets a vehicle. The inferior person is stripped of a house.

  • E: The remaining yang is referred to as the pit of the fruit. Superior people preserve the pit as a vehicle of continual spiritual evolution, in order to complete yang. Inferior people lose the pit (yang), by being unable to repel desires, and thus return to the great flux.