Today: Join good people of like mind to achieve great things – I Ching
Join good people of like mind to achieve great things. Be careful not to be led astray. Your bonding will be attractive to others who will want to join the great enterprise.
(see Dec 3, Dec 5, Dec 6, Dec 7 and Dec 8 readings for context).
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
Where men are to be gathered together, religious forces are needed. But there must also be a human leader to serve as the centre of the group. In order to be able to bring others together, this leader must first of all be collected within himself. Only collective moral force can unite the world. Such great times of unification will leave great achievements behind them. This is the significance of the great offerings that are made. Here the relations with a man who is the centre of union are well established. Then we may, and indeed we should, show our attachment openly. But we must remain constant and not allow ourselves to be led astray.
Attraction between affinities is a general law of nature. Heaven and earth attract each other and thus all creatures come into being. Through such attraction the sage influences men’s hearts, and thus the world attains peace. From the attractions they exert we can learn the nature of all beings in heaven and on earth.