Hexagram Shi


From the I Ching:

If an army's constancy is subject to a forceful man, there will be good fortune and with this no blame.

'Army' means the masses. 'Constancy' means rectitude. If one is able to practice rectitude through using the masses, he can rely on this to become a true sovereign. Here one has strength and is in a mean position, but another is in resonance with it. Army operations are dangerous, but they are carried out with compliance. If one were to utilise the whole world in this way, one would get all the common folk to follow one. As this means good fortune, how could there also be any blame involved?

The Earth holds water within itself: this constitutes the image of Shi. In the same way, the noble man cherishes the common folk and so brings increase to the masses.

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