Sequence of the Gua
After Heaven and Earth have come into existence, myriad beings are produced.
Commentary on the Symbol
Earth’s nature is to extend and respond. In correspondence with this, the superior person enriches her virtue to sustain all beings.
Sublimely prosperous and smooth.
Favorable with a mare’s steadfastness.
Superior person has somewhere to go.
Following obtain a master.
Favorable in the southwest.
In the northeast: Loses friends.
Be composed and content.
Being steadfast and upright: good fortune.
Commentary on the Decision
Perfect is Responding’s greatness; it brings birth to all beings and accepts the source from Heaven.
Responding in its richness sustains all beings; its virtue is in harmony without limit. Its capacity is wide, its brightness is great. Through it, all beings attain their full development.
A mare is a creature of earthly kind. Its moving on Earth is boundless, yielding and submissive, advantageous and steadfast.
The superior person comprehends her way of life: taking the lead brings confusion, she loses the way. Following and responsive, she find the normal course.
Find friends in the southwest, proceed with people of the same kind.
Lose friends in the northeast, in the end congratulations will arrive.
Good fortune comes from resting in steadfastness. It corresponds with the boundless capacity of Earth. The superior person enriches her virtue to sustain all beings.