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《坎 - Kan》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The representation of) water flowing on continuously forms the repeated Kan. The superior man, in accordance with this, maintains constantly the virtue (of his heart) and (the integrity of) his conduct, and practises the business of instruction.

2 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'In the double defile, he enters a cavern within it:' - he has missed his (proper) way, and there will be evil.

3 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He will get a little (of the deliverance) that he seeks:' - he will not yet escape from his environed position.

4 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'Whether he comes or goes, he is confronted by a defile:' - he will never (in such circumstances) achieve any success.

5 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'(Nothing but) a bottle of spirits and a subsidiary basket of rice:' - (these describe) the meeting at this point of (those who are represented by) the strong and weak lines.

6 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The water in the defile is not full (so as to flow away):' - (the virtue indicated by) the central situation is not yet (sufficiently) great.

7 坎:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The sixth line, divided, shows its subject missing his (proper) course:' - 'there will be evil for three years.'

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/kan2