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《渐 - Jian》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing) a mountain and above it that for a tree form Jian. The superior man, in accordance with this, attains to and maintains his extraordinary virtue, and makes the manners of the people good.

2 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The danger of a small officer (as represented in the first line)' is owing to no fault of his in the matter of what is right.

3 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'They eat and drink joyfully and at ease:' - but not without having earned their food.

4 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'A husband goes and does not return:' - he separates himself from his comrades. 'A wife is pregnant, but will not nourish her child:' - she has failed in her (proper) course. 'It might be advantageous in resisting plunderers:' - by acting as here indicated men would preserve one another.

5 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'They may light on the flat branches:' - there is docility (in the line) going on to flexible penetration.

6 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'In the end the natural issue cannot be prevented. There will be good fortune:' - (the subject of the line) will get what he desires.

7 渐:
Xiang Zhuan:
'Their feathers can be used as ornaments. There will be good fortune:' - (the object and character of the subject of the line) cannot be disturbed.

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/jian5