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A Condensed I Ching: Four By Six

A CONDENSED I CHING

Circumstances vary
Winds and waves come and go
To be firm and correct*
Always an advantage

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* “‘Firm and correct’ is a meaning of the character zhen 貞. It means that you have to be steadfast in your character, not wavering, and do the right thing at the right time regardless of your personal desires. It is a moral quality.

This however is not the original meaning of zhen in Chinese divination manuscripts. The original meaning is something like ‘to address a statement to the oracle.’ In the old days you did not ask questions but you addressed statements containing a wish or desire: ‘would it that I become king’, for instance. More generally said, zhen implied that you consult the oracle.

Somewhere during the Han dynasty I guess this meaning was discarded and replaced with ‘firm and correct’ which better fits the Confucian doctrine that was in vogue at that time.”

– What Does ‘Firm And Correct’ Mean?

Forever Forever Forever

FOREVER FOREVER FOREVER

What time is it?
What time is it again?
Is it time yet?

What time is it?
What time is it again?
Is it time yet?

What time is it?
What time is it again?
Is it time yet?

Wedded To Verse

WEDDED TO VERSE

For better or for worse
A poet likes to lift
A stone to see what is
Going on under there

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