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HEXAGRAM 26 – Ta Ch’u – The Taming Power of the Great

Above    KEN        KEEPING STILL, MOUNTAIN

Below    CH’IEN    THE CREATIVE, HEAVEN

The Creative is tamed by Ken, Keeping Still.

This produces great power,

a situation in contrast to that of the ninth hexagram, Hsiao Ch’u, THE TAMING POWER OF THE SMALL,

in which the Creative is tamed by the Gentle alone.

  • There
  • one weak line must tame five strong lines, but
  • here
  • four strong lines are restrained by two weak lines;
  • in addition to a minister,

    there is a prince, and

  • the restraining power

    therefore is far stronger.

The hexagram has a threefold meaning, expressing different aspects of the concept Holding firm.

  1. Heaven within the mountain

    gives the idea of holding firm in the sense of holding together;

  2. the trigram Ken, which holds the trigram Ch’ien still,

    gives the idea of holding firm in the sense of holding back;

  3. the third idea is

    that of holding firm in the sense of caring for and nourishing.

  • This last is suggested by the fact that

    a strong line at the top, which is the ruler of the hexagram,

    is honored and tended as a sage.

  • The third of these meanings also

    attaches specifically to this strong line at the top,

    which represents the sage.

THE JUDGMENT

THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT.

Perseverance furthers.

Not eating at home brings good fortune.

It furthers one to cross the great water.

To

  • hold firmly to great creative powers and
  • store them up, as set forth in this hexagram,

there is need of

a strong, clearheaded man who is honored by the ruler.

  • The trigram Ch’ien points to strong creative power;
  • Ken indicates firmness and truth.

Both point

  • to light and clarity and
  • to the daily renewal of character.

Only through such daily self-renewal

can a man continue at the height of his powers.

  • Force of habit helps to keep order in quiet times; but

    in periods when there is a great storing up of energy,

  • everything depends on the power of the personality.

However, since the worthy are honored,

as in the case of the strong personality entrusted with leadership by the ruler,

it is an advantage

  • not to eat at home but rather
  • to earn one’s bread by entering upon public office.

Such a man is in harmony with heaven;

therefore even great and difficult undertakings,

such as crossing the great water,

succeed.

THE IMAGE

Heaven within the mountain:

The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT.

Thus the superior man acquaints himself with

  • many sayings of antiquity And
  • many deeds of the past,

In order to strengthen his character thereby.

Heaven within the mountain points to hidden treasures.

In the words and deeds of the past there lies hidden a treasure that men may use to

strengthen and elevate their own characters.

The way to study the past is

  • not to confine oneself to mere knowledge of history

    but, through application of this knowledge,

  • to give actuality to the past.

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