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《遯 - Dun》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing) the sky and below it that for a mountain form Dun. The superior man, in accordance with this, keeps small men at a distance, not by showing that he hates them, but by his own. dignified gravity.

2 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
There is 'the perilousness of the position shown by the retiring tail:' - but if 'no movement' be made, what disaster can there be?

3 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He holds it as; by (a thong from the hide of) a yellow ox:' - his purpose is firm.

4 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The peril connected with the case of one retiring, though bound,' is due to the (consequent) distress and exhaustion. 'If he were (to deal as in) nourishing a servant or concubine, it would be fortunate for him:' - but a great affair cannot be dealt with in this way.

5 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
'A superior man retires notwithstanding his likings; a small man cannot attain to this.'

6 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He retires in an admirable way, and with firm correctness there will be good fortune:' - this is due to the rectitude of his purpose.

7 遯:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He retires in a noble way, and his doing so will be advantageous in every respect:' - he who does so has no doubts about his course.

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/dun2