Sequence of the Gua
Things cannot abide long in the same place. Thus, after Long Lasting, withdrawal and retreat follows.
Commentary on the Symbol
Mountain under Heaven. An image of retreat. In correspondence with this,the superior person keeps inferior persons at a distance, with dignity but without ill will.
Retreat. Prosperous and smooth. The little: favorable to be steadfast and upright.
Commentary on the Decision
Retreat, prosperous and smooth. Prosperity and smoothness lies in retreat.
The firm is at the right place and properly responds. It accords with the time.
The little: favorable to be steadfast and upright. It is advancing and growing.
Great indeed is the significance of retreat at the proper time.