Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aimless Reading: The I's, Part 2 (The I Ching)

The I Ching
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
The Ching or
Book of Changes
Tr. Wilhelm/Baynes

Purchased at Talking Leaves...Books. I apparently got as far as page 56. I can't remember exactly what tempted me to buy it. I must have been reading John Cage or Jackson Mac Low. I have very little memory of having read the few pages I did read, except for a lingering feeling of having left off long before I understood what was going on.

from I Ching

The image of the upper trigram Ch'ien is heaven, and that of the lower, Li, is flame. It is the nature of fire to flame up to heaven. This gives the idea of fellowship. It is the second line that, by virtue of its central character, unites the five strong lines around it. This hexagram forms a complement to Shih, THE ARMY (7). In the latter, danger is within and obedience without--the character of a warlike army, which, in order to hold together, needs one strong man among the many who are weak. Here, clarity is within and strength without--the character of a peaceful union of men, which, in order to hold together, needs one yielding nature among many firm persons.

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