Line-5Legge: The fifth line, magnetic, shows its subject as a simple lass without experience. There will be good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Childlike folly brings good fortune.
Blofeld: Youthful innocence brings good fortune. [Here the Chinese text suggests that we are dealing not with youthful folly but with the innocent misdemeanors of quite small children.]
Liu: The youth submits. Good fortune. [If you receive this line, you can expect to attain your goals easily.]
Ritsema/Karcher: Youthful Enveloping. Significant.
Shaughnessy: Youthful folly; auspicious.
Cleary(1): Innocence is auspicious.
Cleary(2): Innocent ignorance has a good outlook.
Wu: Being an ignorant lad will be auspicious.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: Her good fortune is due to her docility going on to humility. Wilhelm/Baynes: The good fortune of the childlike fool comes from his being devoted and gentle. Blofeld: This is because such conduct coincides with what is soft and gentle. Ritsema/Karcher: Yielding uses Ground indeed. Cleary (2): Harmonizing smoothly. Wu: (This) is due to his docility and humility.
Legge: Line five is in the place of honor, and has for its correlate the dynamic line in the second place. Being receptive, it is taken as the symbol of a simple lass, willing to be taught by its dynamic correlate in line two.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.
Wing: An attitude of innocent acceptance in regard to seeking advice from others will be rewarded. Good fortune.
Editor: As so often in theI Ching, the full meaning of this line is found in the relationship between it and its correlate. The second line is the dynamic sage, and the fifth line is the magnetic (receptive) student. As the ruler of the hexagram, line five exemplifies the idea of receptivity to instruction necessary for the evolution of ignorance into gnosis. This is the relationship of the inexperienced ego to the omniscient Self.
Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion; follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.– T. H. Huxley