By: James Byrd
A. Hexagram 26 is Da Chu or Great Accumulating. And no, it doesn't have anything to do with all that stuff accumulating in your garage! Various interpretations also include The Taming Power of the Great and Great Storage. The lower trigram is Qian: force or heaven. The upper trigram is Gen: bound or mountain.
B. The Judgment1. The Taming Power of the Great.
2. Not eating at home brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
C. The Image1. Heaven within the mountain:
The image of The Taming Power of the Great.
2. Thus the superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity
And many deeds of the past,
In order to strengthen his character thereby.
II. My interpretation
Confucius/Legge: The trigrams that compose Controlled Power show the intelligence of Strength and Mass renewing their virtue every day. A dynamic line is in the highest place, displaying the worth of talent and virtue -- his is the power that keeps Strength in restraint and displays the will necessary to the hexagram. Talents and virtue are nourished because he refuses to confine his power within his immediate family. Heaven in the second line responds to the ruler in the fifth, thus it is favorable to cross the great stream.
Legge: Controlled Power symbolizes both restraint and the accumulation of virtue. What is restrained accumulates its strength and increases its volume to become a great reservoir of force. The Judgment teaches that if one is firm and correct in this endeavor he may then engage in public service and enjoy the king's grace.
The dynamic line in the highest place is line six who is above the ruler and has all of heaven in which to move. This, plus the power to suppress the strongest opposition, shows how he is supported by all that is correct.
Concerning the Image, Chu Hsi says: "Heaven is the greatest of all things, and its being in the midst of a mountain gives us the idea of a very large accumulation. This is analogous to the labor of the superior man in learning, acquiring and remembering, to accumulate his virtue."Credit | James DeKorne's Official Website - The Gnostic Book of Changes - Hexagram 26
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