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《師 - Shi》

English translation: James Legge [?] Library Resources
1 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
(The trigram representing) the earth and in the midst of it that representing water, form Shi. The superior man, in accordance with this, nourishes and educates the people, and collects (from among them) the multitudes (of the hosts).

2 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The host goes forth according to the rules (for) such a movement:' - if those rules be not observed, there will be evil.

3 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'He is in the midst of the host, and there will be good fortune:' - he has received the favour of Heaven. 'The king has thrice conveyed to him the orders (of) his favour:' - (the king) cherishes the myriad regions in his heart.

4 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The host with the possibility of its having many idle leaders:' - great will be its want of success.

5 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The host is in retreat; but there is no error:' - there has been no failure in the regular course.

6 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The oldest son leads the host:' - its movements are directed by him in accordance with his position in the centre. 'Younger men idly occupy their positions:' - the employment of such men is improper.

7 師:
Xiang Zhuan:
'The great ruler delivers his charges:' - thereby he rightly apportions merit. 'Small men should not be employed:' - they are sure to throw the states into confusion.

URN: ctp:book-of-changes/shi2