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35. Jin

Progress



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上九:晋其角,维用伐邑,厉吉无咎,贞吝。

Nine at the top means:

Making progress with the horns is permissible
Only for the purpose of punishing one's own city.
To be conscious of danger brings good fortune.
No blame.
Perseverance brings humiliation.



Making progress with lowered horns - i.e., acting on the offensive-is permissible, in times like those referred to here, only in dealing with the mistakes of one's own people. Even then we must bear in mind that proceeding on the offensive may always be dangerous. In this way we avoid the mistakes that otherwise threaten, and succeed in what we set out to do. On the other hand, perseverance in such over energetic behavior, especially toward persons with whom there is no close connection, will lead to humiliation.
the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
六五:悔亡,失得勿恤,往吉,无不利。

Six in the fifth place means:

Remorse disappears.
Take not gain and loss to heart.
Undertakings bring good fortune.
Everything serves to further.



The situation described here is that of one who, finding himself in an influential position in a time of progress, remains gentle and reserved. He might reproach himself for lack of energy in making the most of the propitiousness of the time and obtaining all possible advantage. However, this regret passes away. He must not take either loss or gain to heart; they are minor considerations. What matters much more is the fact that in this way he has assured himself of opportunities for successful and beneficent influence.
九四:晋如硕鼠,贞厉。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Progress like a hamster.
Perseverance brings danger.



In times of progress it is easy for strong men in the wrong places to amass great possessions. But such conduct shuns the light. And since times of progress are inevitably brought to the light, perseverance in such action always leads to danger.
六三:众允,悔亡。

Six in the third place means:

All are in accord. Remorse disappears.



A man strives onward, in association with others whose backing encourages him. This dispels any cause for regret over the fact that he does not have enough independence to triumph unaided over every hostile turn of fate.
六二:晋如,愁如,贞吉。受兹介福,于其王母。

Six in the second place means:

Progressing, but in sorrow.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Then one obtains great happiness from one's ancestress.



Progress is halted; an individual is kept from getting in touch with the man in authority with whom he has a connection. When this happens, he must remain persevering, although he is grieved; then with a maternal gentleness the man in question will bestow great happiness upon him. This happiness comes to him-and is well deserved-because in this case mutual attraction does not rest on selfish or partisan motives but on firm and correct principles.
初六:晋如,摧如,贞吉。罔孚,裕无咎。

Six at the beginning means:

Progressing, but turned back.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
If one meets with no confidence, one should remain calm.
No mistake.



At a time when all elements are pressing for progress, we are still uncertain whether in the course of advance we may not meet with a rebuff. Then the thing to do is simply continue in what is right; in the end this will bring good fortune. It may be that we meet with no confidence. In this case we ought not to try to win confidence regardless of the situation, but should remain calm and cheerful and refuse to be roused to anger. Thus we remain free of mistakes.
the Sign of hexagram Progress Xis:

the primary trigrams:
   above Trigram Li , the Clinging, the fire
   below Trigram Kun , the Receptive, the earth

the nuclear trigrams:
   above Trigram Kan , the Abysmal, the water
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

the enveloping trigrams:
   above Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

The hexagram represents the sun rising over the earth. It is therefore the symbol of rapid, easy progress, which at the same time means ever widening expansion and clarity.

The sequence:
Beings cannot stay forever in a state of power; hence there follows the hexagram of Progress. Progress means expansion.

Miscellaneous notes:
Progress means the day.

The hexagrams Jin, Sheng, Pushing Upward (46), and Jian, Development (53), all mean progress. Jin has for its image the sun mounting over the earth. It is the finest of these three hexagrams. Sheng is symbolized by wood rising above the earth. Jian shows the still more gradual development of a tree on a mountain. It is true that a too rapid expansion has its dangers, as the next hexagram shows.In terms of human society, the present hexagram indicates a wise ruler with obedient servitors at his side.
the Judgement for hexagram Progress Xis:

晋:康侯用锡马蕃庶,昼日三接。

Progress. The powerful prince
Is honored with horses in large numbers.
In a single day he is granted audience three times.



As an example of progress, this pictures a time when a powerful feudal lord rallies the other lords around the sovereign and pledges fealty and peace. The sovereign rewards him richly and invites him to a closer intimacy.
A twofold idea is set forth here. The actual effect of the progress emanates from a man who is in a dependent position and whom the others regard as their equal and are therefore willing to follow. This leader has enough clarity of vision not to abuse his great influence but to use it rather for the benefit of his ruler. His ruler in turn is free of all jealousy, showers presents on the great man, and invites him continually to his court. An enlightened ruler and an obedient servant--this is the condition on which great progress depends.

Commentary on the Decision:

晋,进也。明出地上,顺而丽乎大明,柔进而上行。是以康侯用锡马蕃庶,昼日三接也。

Progress means making advance. Clarity rises high over the earth. Devoted, and clinging to this great clarity, the weak progresses and goes upward. Hence it is said: “The powerful prince is honored with horses in large numbers. In a single day he is granted audience three times.”



The structure of the hexagram points to progress—indeed, to progress on all sides, to expansion. Devoted refers to the lower trigram Kun, here meaning servitor. The great clarity is the upper trigram Li, here meaning the ruler. The weak element that progresses is the middle line of Kun, which occupies the middle place in the upper trigram, originally Qian, the father; hence it is the ruler of the hexagram, the wise prince.

The ruler needs the loyalty of his servitors, and being possessed of great wisdom, he knows how to reward them fittingly. This explains the words of the Judgment.
the Image going with hexagram Progress Xis:

明出地上,晋;君子以自昭明德。

The sun rises over the earth:
The image of Progress.
Thus the superior man himself
Brightens his bright virtue.



The light of the sun rises over the earth is by nature clear. The higher the sun rises, the more it emerges from the dark mists, spreading the pristine purity of its rays over an ever widening area. The real nature of man is likewise originally good, but it becomes clouded by contact with earthly things and therefore needs purification before it can shine forth in its native clarity.




the nuclear hexagram:

39. Jian
Obstruction

4
the Sign:

the primary trigrams:
   above Trigram Li , the Clinging, the fire
   below Trigram Kun , the Receptive, the earth

the nuclear trigrams:
   above Trigram Kan , the Abysmal, the water
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

the enveloping trigrams:
   above Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain
   below Trigram Gen , Keeping Still, the mountain

The hexagram represents the sun rising over the earth. It is therefore the symbol of rapid, easy progress, which at the same time means ever widening expansion and clarity.

The sequence:
Beings cannot stay forever in a state of power; hence there follows the hexagram of Progress. Progress means expansion.

Miscellaneous notes:
Progress means the day.

The hexagrams Jin, Sheng, Pushing Upward (46), and Jian, Development (53), all mean progress. Jin has for its image the sun mounting over the earth. It is the finest of these three hexagrams. Sheng is symbolized by wood rising above the earth. Jian shows the still more gradual development of a tree on a mountain. It is true that a too rapid expansion has its dangers, as the next hexagram shows.In terms of human society, the present hexagram indicates a wise ruler with obedient servitors at his side.


the Judgement:

晋:康侯用锡马蕃庶,昼日三接。

Progress. The powerful prince
Is honored with horses in large numbers.
In a single day he is granted audience three times.



As an example of progress, this pictures a time when a powerful feudal lord rallies the other lords around the sovereign and pledges fealty and peace. The sovereign rewards him richly and invites him to a closer intimacy.
A twofold idea is set forth here. The actual effect of the progress emanates from a man who is in a dependent position and whom the others regard as their equal and are therefore willing to follow. This leader has enough clarity of vision not to abuse his great influence but to use it rather for the benefit of his ruler. His ruler in turn is free of all jealousy, showers presents on the great man, and invites him continually to his court. An enlightened ruler and an obedient servant--this is the condition on which great progress depends.

Commentary on the Decision:

晋,进也。明出地上,顺而丽乎大明,柔进而上行。是以康侯用锡马蕃庶,昼日三接也。

Progress means making advance. Clarity rises high over the earth. Devoted, and clinging to this great clarity, the weak progresses and goes upward. Hence it is said: “The powerful prince is honored with horses in large numbers. In a single day he is granted audience three times.”
 


The structure of the hexagram points to progress—indeed, to progress on all sides, to expansion. Devoted refers to the lower trigram Kun, here meaning servitor. The great clarity is the upper trigram Li, here meaning the ruler. The weak element that progresses is the middle line of Kun, which occupies the middle place in the upper trigram, originally Qian, the father; hence it is the ruler of the hexagram, the wise prince.

The ruler needs the loyalty of his servitors, and being possessed of great wisdom, he knows how to reward them fittingly. This explains the words of the Judgment.


the Image:

明出地上,晋;君子以自昭明德。

The sun rises over the earth:
The image of Progress.
Thus the superior man himself
Brightens his bright virtue.



The light of the sun rises over the earth is by nature clear. The higher the sun rises, the more it emerges from the dark mists, spreading the pristine purity of its rays over an ever widening area. The real nature of man is likewise originally good, but it becomes clouded by contact with earthly things and therefore needs purification before it can shine forth in its native clarity.


the Lines:


上九:晋其角,维用伐邑,厉吉无咎,贞吝。

Nine at the top means:

Making progress with the horns is permissible
Only for the purpose of punishing one's own city.
To be conscious of danger brings good fortune.
No blame.
Perseverance brings humiliation.



Making progress with lowered horns - i.e., acting on the offensive-is permissible, in times like those referred to here, only in dealing with the mistakes of one's own people. Even then we must bear in mind that proceeding on the offensive may always be dangerous. In this way we avoid the mistakes that otherwise threaten, and succeed in what we set out to do. On the other hand, perseverance in such over energetic behavior, especially toward persons with whom there is no close connection, will lead to humiliation.


the yellow circle is indicating this line as the governing ruler of the hexagram
六五:悔亡,失得勿恤,往吉,无不利。

Six in the fifth place means:

Remorse disappears.
Take not gain and loss to heart.
Undertakings bring good fortune.
Everything serves to further.



The situation described here is that of one who, finding himself in an influential position in a time of progress, remains gentle and reserved. He might reproach himself for lack of energy in making the most of the propitiousness of the time and obtaining all possible advantage. However, this regret passes away. He must not take either loss or gain to heart; they are minor considerations. What matters much more is the fact that in this way he has assured himself of opportunities for successful and beneficent influence.


九四:晋如硕鼠,贞厉。

Nine in the fourth place means:

Progress like a hamster.
Perseverance brings danger.



In times of progress it is easy for strong men in the wrong places to amass great possessions. But such conduct shuns the light. And since times of progress are inevitably brought to the light, perseverance in such action always leads to danger.


六三:众允,悔亡。

Six in the third place means:

All are in accord. Remorse disappears.



A man strives onward, in association with others whose backing encourages him. This dispels any cause for regret over the fact that he does not have enough independence to triumph unaided over every hostile turn of fate.


六二:晋如,愁如,贞吉。受兹介福,于其王母。

Six in the second place means:

Progressing, but in sorrow.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Then one obtains great happiness from one's ancestress.



Progress is halted; an individual is kept from getting in touch with the man in authority with whom he has a connection. When this happens, he must remain persevering, although he is grieved; then with a maternal gentleness the man in question will bestow great happiness upon him. This happiness comes to him-and is well deserved-because in this case mutual attraction does not rest on selfish or partisan motives but on firm and correct principles.


初六:晋如,摧如,贞吉。罔孚,裕无咎。

Six at the beginning means:

Progressing, but turned back.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
If one meets with no confidence, one should remain calm.
No mistake.



At a time when all elements are pressing for progress, we are still uncertain whether in the course of advance we may not meet with a rebuff. Then the thing to do is simply continue in what is right; in the end this will bring good fortune. It may be that we meet with no confidence. In this case we ought not to try to win confidence regardless of the situation, but should remain calm and cheerful and refuse to be roused to anger. Thus we remain free of mistakes.