Thunder is up in the
sky, with great power; superior people refrain from what is improper.
L: Great power is
beneficial when correct.
E: Promoting vigorous positive energy; ability to act or not act,
at will; transcendence of ordinary capacities.
L: With power in the feet,
it is inauspicious to go forth on an expedition- there is truth in this.
E: In the beginning,
when great power is without prudence, one should seek to clarify the principles
of virtue rather than presuming they are known and therefore rushing the
attainment of great power.
L: Rectitude is
E: Firmly governing
the interior and flexibly responding to the exterior, appearing deficient yet
inwardly full, is balanced power leading to good results. This is power from
L: For inferior people the
use is powerful, but for superior people the use is nil. It is dangerous to
persist in this. A ram butting a fence gets its horns stuck.
E: This is power that
adamantly strives for external gain.
L: Correctness is good;
regret vanishes. The fence opened up, one does not get stuck; power is in the
axle of a large vehicle.
E: When the firm and
the flexible crystallize into the golden elixir, one has the power to correct
the self and correct others.
L: Losing the goat ease,
let there be no regret.
E: When oneís
principle is too weak to act vigorously, it is beneficial to borrow the power of
anotherís virtue to clear obstruction.
L: The ram running into
the fence cannot retreat, cannot go ahead; there is no benefit. Struggle will
produce good results.
E: When weak, there is
no attainment after arbitrarily indulging in presumed knowledge. It is correct
to seek a teacher with true power and diligently study and practice those