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HEXAGRAM 29 – K’an – The Abysmal (Water)

Above    K’AN    THE ABYSMAL, WATER

Below    K’AN    THE ABYSMAL, WATER

This hexagram consists of a doubling of the trigram K’an.

It is one of the eight hexagrams in which doubling occurs.

The trigram K’an means a plunging in.

A yang line

  • has plunged in between two yin lines

and

  • is closed in by them like water in a ravine.

The trigram K’an is also the middle son.

The Receptive

  • has obtained the middle line of the Creative,

and thus

  • K’an develops.

As an image it represents water,

the water that

  • comes from above

and

  • is in motion on earth in streams and rivers,

    giving rise to all life on earth.

In man’s world K’an represents

  • the heart,
  • the soul locked up within the body,
  • the principle of light inclosed in the dark – that is, reason.

The name of the hexagram, because the trigram is doubled,

has the additional meaning,

repetition of danger.”

Thus the hexagram is intended to designate

  • an objective situation to which one must become accustomed,
  • not a subjective attitude.

For danger due to a subjective attitude means

either

  • foolhardiness

or

  • guile.

Hence too a ravine is used to symbolize danger;

it is a situation in which

a man is in the same pass as

the water in a ravine,

and,

like the water,

  • he can escape

if

  • he behaves correctly.

THE JUDGMENT

The Abysmal repeated.

If you are sincere,

  • you have success in your heart,

And

  • whatever you do succeeds.

Through repetition of danger

we grow accustomed to it.

Water sets the example for the right conduct under such circumstances.

  • It
    • flows on and on,

    and

    • merely fills up all the places through which it flows;
  • it
    • does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge,

    and

    • nothing can make it lose its own essential nature.
  • It
    • remains true to itself under all conditions.

Thus likewise,

  • if one is sincere when confronted with difficulties,
    • the heart can penetrate the meaning of the situation.

And

  • once we have gained inner mastery of a problem,
    • it will come about naturally that the action we take will succeed.

In danger all that counts is really

  • carrying out all that has to be done – thoroughness –

and

  • going forward, in order not to perish through tarrying in the danger.

Properly used,

danger can have an important meaning as a protective measure.

Thus

  • heaven has its perilous height protecting it
    • against every attempt at invasion, and
  • earth has its mountains and bodies of water,
    • separating countries by their dangers.

Thus also

rulers make use of danger to protect themselves

  • against attacks from without

and

  • against turmoil within.

THE IMAGE

Water

  • flows on uninterruptedly

and

  • reaches its goal:

The image of the Abysmal repeated.

Thus the superior man

  • walks in lasting virtue

And

  • carries on the business of teaching.

Water reaches its goal by flowing continually.

It fills up every depression before it flows on.

The superior man follows its example;

he is concerned that goodness should be

  • an established attribute of character

rather than

  • an accidental and isolated occurrence.

So likewise in teaching others everything depends on consistency,

for

it is only through repetition

that

the pupil makes the material his own.

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