Friday, May 5, 2017

Yi 1286: moving beyond The Divorce


Line-5
Legge: The fifth line, dynamic, shows its subject contemplating his own life course. A superior man, he will thus fall into no error.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Contemplation of my life. The superior man is without blame.
Blofeld: The Superior Man does no wrong in keeping a watch upon our lives. [It is not wrong for us to be curious about the affairs of others if our motive is to be of more help to them.]
Liu: Observation of ourselves. No blame for the superior man.
Ritsema/Karcher: Viewing my birth. A chun tzu: without fault.
Shaughnessy: Looking up at my life; for the gentleman there is no trouble.
Cleary (1): Observing personal growth, a superior person is blameless.
Cleary (2): … Developed people are impeccable.
Wu: He examines his own life. The jun zi is without blame.
 

                                                Line-6
Legge: The sixth line, dynamic, shows its subject contemplating his character to see if it be indeed that of a superior man. He will not fall into error.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Contemplation of his life. The superior man is without blame.
Blofeld: Nor will it be an error for the Superior Man to contemplate his own life.
Liu: Observation of the lives of others. No blame for the superior man. [This is a time of discontent.]
Ritsema/Karcher: Viewing one's birth. A chun tzu: without fault.
Shaughnessy: Looking up at his life; for the gentleman there is no trouble.
Cleary (1): Observing the growth, the superior person is blameless.
Cleary (2): … Developed people are impeccable.
Wu: He looks pensively at the life of the people. The jun zi is without blame.





Line-6
Legge: The sixth line, dynamic, tells us to look at the whole course that is trodden, and examine the presage which that gives. If it be complete and without failure, there will be great good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Look to your conduct and weigh the favorable signs. When everything is fulfilled, supreme good fortune comes.
Blofeld: If they watch their step (or look to their conduct) and heed the omens, sublime good fortune will be theirs.
Liu: Observe your conduct and examine the signs carefully. There will be great good fortune.
Ritsema/Karcher: Observing Treading, predecessor auspicious. One's recurring Spring significant.
Shaughnessy: Looking and treading crafty and soaring its revolving; prime auspiciousness.
Cleary (2): Observing the treading, considering what is felicitous, the return is auspicious.
Wu: Examination of the treading records gives a sense of completion. If errors in treading are avoided, there will be great fortune.
 
COMMENTARY
Confucius/Legge: This is a matter for congratulation. Wilhelm/Baynes: The topmost place carries great blessing. Blofeld: The sublime good fortune presaged by this top line takes the form of immense felicity. Ritsema/ Karcher: The great possesses reward indeed. Cleary (2): There is much celebration. Wu: Great joy.
Legge: What is said of line six is good, but is only a truism. The whole course has been shown. If every step has been right and appropriate, the issue will be very good.

NOTES AND PARAPHRASES
Siu: The work is ended and the past course is reviewed. If it has been appropriate and thorough, good fortune is assured.
Wing: Take a long look at what your Conduct in the situation has achieved thus far. If you are on the right path you will know by the good it has produced. It is time for a reevaluation of your goals. By examining the past you may now get a glimpse of the future.
Editor: There is an affinity here with the message in the Image of the superior man "discriminating between high and low," and essentially putting his house in order. If this is the only changing line, the hexagram becomes number fifty-eight, Joy, which intimates that one has successfully passed a test -- in which case the line is an injunction to review the situation and see what we did right.








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