I-jing -- A new translation

Book 1

by Dr. Tienzen (Jeh-Tween) Gong


  1. Chien: The original and creative, the greatest, the benevolent, the loyal.

    The kwa signs:

    The yao signs:

    The book says:

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  2. Kun, the Earth. The creative is successful. It is beneficial to be loyal like a mare. People with developmental potential have a goal; if they go ahead before this, they will get lost. If they follow, they get the benefit of the director. Companionship is found in the southwest; companionship is lost in the northeast. Stability and loyalty bode well.

    The kwa signs:

    The yao signs:

    The book says:

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  3. Difficulty at the moment of conception: Creativity is successful. It is beneficial to be correct. Do not make use of going somewhere. It is beneficial to set up foundation.

    The kwa signs:
    At conception, firmness and flexibility begin to mix, and difficulty arises. Acting in the midst of great danger, great success is assured. The action of thunder and rain fills; heaven creates with difficulty as weeds try sprouting in darkness. It is not time of peace but a good time to set up foundation.
    The Image: Clouds and thunder -- difficulty. Thereby leaders organize.

    The yao signs:

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  4. Ignorance, not knowing: Innocence getting through. He asks me getting answers from the spirits, I did not ask myself. With sortilege, the spirits will answer the first request. Try and again, we will anger the spirits and get answer no more. Sincerity is beneficial.

    The kwa signs:

    The yao signs:

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  5. Desiring: Desiring with truthfulness lights up success in correct orientation toward good. It is beneficial to cross a great river (go for an adventure).

    The kwa signs:

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  6. Contention: Contention; there is blockage of truth. Wariness within leads to good results, but ending up that way is unfortunate. It is beneficial to see a great person. It is not beneficial (for adventure) to cross a great river.

    The kwa signs:

    The yao signs:

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  7. The Army: For the army to be right, people must be mature and good. Then there is no error.

    The kwa signs:
    The army is a group; being right is being correct. Those who can use groups correctly can be kings. When strength is balanced and responsive, it may take adventure yet still be in accord with the right way. With this to rule the country, yet the people will go along with. How can be no good fortune?
    The Image: There is water in the earth -- the army. Leaders develop a group by housing and providing for the people.

    The yao signs:

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  8. Accord: Accord bodes well. Make sure the basis is always right, so that there will be no fault. Then the uneasy will come. Latecomers are unfortunate.

    The kwa signs:

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  9. Small Buildup: At small buildup, nurturing the small succeeds. From western region, there are dense clouds but not raining.

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  10. Treading: Someone treads on a tiger's tail without being bitten, thus successes.

    The kwa signs:
    Treading is the flexible (weak) treading on the firm (strong). There is joy that is in accord with heaven; this is how to tread on a tiger's tail and get through without being bitten. If one can exercise the position of the overall ruler and not be remorseful, this is illumination.
    The Image: Sky above; lake below -- treading. Leaders stabilize the wills of the people by distinguishing the high and the low positions.

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