Today: Strive for great fortune and success – from the I Ching

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Strive for great fortune and success.  The prerequisite is the cultivation of harmonious relations others and with nature.  We are advised not to fix what is broken by force, but rather through peaceful means.

The text reads:
“The hour of doom is at hand. When matters have come to this pass, we should submit to fate and not try to stave it off by violent resistance. The one recourse left us is to hold our own within our intimate circle. Should we persevere in trying to resist the evil in the usual way, our collapse would only be more complete, and humiliation would be the result.”

If we take the advice, we are assured peace and prosperity.

The text reads:
“…peace and blessing descend upon all living things.
In the world of man it is a time of social harmony; those in high places show favour to the lowly, and the lowly and inferior in their turn are well disposed toward the highly placed. There is an end to all feuds.
Inside, at the centre, in the key position, is the light principle; the dark principle is outside. Thus the light has a powerful influence, while the dark is submissive. In this way each receives its due. When the good elements of society occupy a central position and are in control, the evil elements come under their influence and change for the better. When the spirit of heaven rules in man, his animal nature also comes under its influence and takes its appropriate place.”

In order to support and preserve this situation, we must remain mindful of the good and evil elements of our society and vigilant of their influences.   Promote the good, do not lend any support to the bad.

The text reads:
…strength and clarity unite. Possession in great measure is determined by fate and accords with the time. How is it possible that the weak [line] has power to hold the strong [lines] fast and to possess them? It is done by virtue of unselfish modesty. The time is favorable – a time of strength within, clarity and culture without. Power is expressing itself in a graceful and controlled way. This brings supreme success and wealth.
“The sun in heaven above, shedding light over everything on earth, is the image of possession on a grand scale. But a possession of this sort must be administered properly. The sun brings both evil and good into the light of day. Man must combat and curb the evil, and must favor and promote the good. Only in this way does he fulfill the benevolent will of God…”

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