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34) Dazhuang: Great Power

Hexagram:

  • C: 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.

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Lines:

1 Yang:

  • 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. 

2 Yang:

  • L: Rectitude is auspicious.

  • 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 disciplined training.

3 Yang:

  • 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.

4 Yang:

  • 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.

5 Yin:

  • 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.

6 Yin:

  • 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 principles.