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  • ezmoney8 ezmoney8 Dec 31, 2007 12:09 PM Flag

    IV. The Mang Hexagram; from The I Ching

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    Mang (indicates that in the case which it presupposes) there will be progress and success. I do not (go and) seek the youthful and inexperience, but he comes and seeks me. When he shows (the sincerity that marks) the first recourse to divination, I instuct him. If he apply a second and third time, that is troublesome; and I do not instuct the troublesome. There will be advantage in being firm and correct.

    1. The first line, divided, (has respect to) the dispelling of ignorance. It will be advantageous to use punishment (for that purpose), and to remove the shakles (from the mind). But going on in that way (of punishment) will give occasion for regret.

    2. The second line, undivided, (shows it subject) exercising forbearance with the ignorant, in which there will be good fortune; and admitting (even) the goodness of women, which will also be fortunate. (He may be described also as) a son able to (sustain the burden of) his family.

    3. The third line, divided, (seems to say) that one should not marry a women whose emblem it might be, for that, when she sees a man of wealth, she might not keep her person from him, and in no wise will advantage come from her.

    4. The fourth line, divided, (shows its subject as if) bound in chains of ignorance. There will be occasion for regret.

    5. The fifth line, shows its subject a simple lad without experience. There will be good fortune.

    6. In the top most line, undivided, we see one smiting the ignorant (youth). But no advantage will come from doing him an injury. Advantage would come from warding off injury from him.

    NOTE: The Hexagram is read from the bottom up.

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    • As Kun (the previous Hexagram) shows us plants struggling from beneath the surface, Mang suggests to us the small and undeveloped appearance which they then present; and hence it came to be the symbol of youthful inexperience and ingnorance. The object of the hexagram is to show how such a condition should be dealt with by the parent and ruler, whose authority and duty are represented by the second and sixth, the two undivied lines. All between the first and last sentences of the Thwan must be taken as an oracular response recieved by the party divining on the subject of enlighting the youthful ignorant. This accounts for its being more than usually enigmatical, and for its being partly rhythmatical.

      The subject of the first line, weak, and at the bottom of the figure, is in the grossest ignorance. Let him be punished. If punishment avail to loosen the shackles and manacles from the mind; if not, and punishment be persevered with, the effect will be bad.

      On the subject of the second line, strong, and in the centralplace, devolves the task of enlightening the ignorant; and we have him discharging it with forbearance and humility. In proof of his generosity, it is said that 'he receives,' or learns from, even weak and ignorant women. He appears also as 'a son' taking the place of his father.

      The third line is weak , and occupies an odd place belonging properly to an undivided line; nor is its place in the centre. All these things give the subject of it so bad a character.

      The fourth line is far from both the second and sixth, and can get no help from its correlate,-the first line , weak as itself. What good can be done with or by the subject of it?

      The fith line is in the place of honour, and has for its correlate the strong line in the second place. Being weak in its self, it is taken as the symbol of a simple lad, willing to be taught.

      The top most line is strong, and in the highest place. It is natural, but unwise, in him to use violence in carrying on his educational measures. A better course is suggested to him.

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