Sequence of the Gua
When people have sincerity and trustworthiness, surely they will carry it into practice. Thus, after Innermost Sincerity, Little Exceeding follows.
Commentary on the Symbol
Thunder above Mountain. An image of Little Exceeding. In correspondence with this, the superior person weighs the pros and cons of his conduct: excessive humility is better than excessive arrogance in behavior. Excessive sorrow is better than excessive expense in a funeral. Excessive frugality is better than excessive luxury in spending.
Little Exceeding. Prosperous and smooth.
Favorable to be steadfast and upright.
Litte affairs can be done, not great affairs.
A flying bird leaves a message: not appropriate to ascend, appropriate to descend.
Great good fortune.
Commentary on the Decision
Little Exceeding. the little ones exceed and proceed. Favorable to be steadfast and upright and to act in accord with the time.
The yieldings attain the central places. There is good fortune in dealing with small affairs. The solids are neither central not correct. Great affairs should not be dealt with.
There is an image of a flying bird. The flying bird leaves a message: Not appropriate to ascend, appropriate to descend. Great good fortune! To ascend is contrary to the situation; to descend is in accord with the time.