The Complete I Ching - 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Translation by Taoist Master Alfred Huang by Taoist Master Alfred Huang
As a native Chinese speaker, Master Huang has imbued this I Ching with an accuracy and authenticity not achieved in other English translations. He also returns to prominence the Ten Wings, the commentaries by Confucius that are essential to the I Ching’s insights.
Born in 1921, Master Alfred Huang is a professor of Taoist philosophy, former Dean of Students at Shanghai University, and a third-generation master of Wu-style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation with more than 60 years experience. He studied the I Chinga forbidden book at the timein secret with one of China’s greatest I Ching masters, only to be branded an antirevolutionary by the Communist government and forced into manual labor in 1957 and imprisonment in 1966. During his 22 years of confinement, he found the strength to survive through meditation on the I Ching. Released in 1979, he emigrated to the United States. The founder of New Harmony, a nonprofit organization devoted to self-healing, and the author of The Numerology of the I Ching and Complete Tai-Chi, Master Huang lives on the island of Maui.
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The Complete I Ching10th Anniversary Edition
The Definitive Translation by Taoist Master Alfred Huang By Taoist Master Alfred Huang
Yü originally meant delight: today it also means peace and happiness. Delight is the inverse of the preceding gua, Humbleness. Humbleness leads people to delight. Thus, Humbleness and Delight are complementary. Wilhelm translates Yü as Enthusiasm; Blofeld translates it as Repose. In this book I follow the original meaning, Delight.
Sequence of the Gua:When one’s harvest is great and one can still remain humble, there is sure to be an outburst of delight. Thus, after Humbleness, Delight follows.
The ideograph of this gua is a very old form consisting of two parts. The left portion is an ideograph of yü, which means hand out or give something away. There are two hands at the top and a vertical straight line connected to the lower hand, representing the arm. Between the two hands there is a little object. Taken as a whole it is a picture of the act of giving and receiving. The right portion of the ideograph represents an elephant, xiang. The elephant is standing upright on two rear legs with the tail touching the ground. The two front legs are held up in the air. The head of the elephant is looking forward with the long trunk curling upward. In the past there were elephants in the southern part of China, though they no longer exist there. In southern China, elephants were trained to help workers carry heavy things, but in the north they were trained for the purpose of giving people pleasure and delight. People performed a kind of dance known as the elephant dance, which King Wu was fond of. The two parts of the ideograph together mean delight--enjoyed by oneself or given to others.
The structure of this gua is Thunder above, Earth below. Thunder represents action, and Earth submission. These two primary gua standing together symbolize the action of the yang element followed delightfully by all the yin elements. In ancient China, people believed that the power of thunder had influence for a distance of a hundred li (a Chinese unit of length designating about one-third of a mile), equivalent to the realm of a feudal lord. For this reason, the Decision says, “Favorable to establish feudal lords and mobilize the multitude.” Earth is the symbol of a multitude. And establishing feudal lords means gaining assistance.
Delight. Favorable to establish feudal lords And mobilize the multitude.
Commentary on the Decision
Delight. The firm meets with response. Its will is fulfilled. Acting in accord with the time and moving forward; This is Delight.
Delight. Acting in accord with the time and moving forward; It is following the way of Heaven and Earth. How much more will it be so In establishing feudal lords and mobilizing the multitude?
Heaven and Earth move in accordance with the time; Therefore sun and moon do not deviate from their courses, And the four seasons do not err.
The holy person moves in accordance with the time and situation; Therefore punishments and penalties become just, And people are genuinely convinced. Great indeed are the time and significance of Delight!
Commentary on the Symbol
Thunder comes out of the Earth, Rising and stirring: An image of Delight. In correspondence with this, The ancient king composed music to honor virtue and merit; With ardent eagerness, he offered it to God And shared it with his ancestors.
1. Initial Six Singing out delight: Misfortune.
Singing out delight: One’s will comes to an end.
2. Second Six Firm as rock, Not merely for a whole day. Being steadfast and upright: good fortune.
Not merely for a whole day. Being steadfast and upright: good fortune. It is central and correct.
3. Third Six Staring upward, wallowing in delight: Regret. Delaying: Regret again.
Staring upward, wallowing in delight, There is regret. The place is not appropriate.
4. Fourth Nine Cause of delight; Great accumulation obtained. Be not suspicious. Gather friends around you, As a hair clasp holds hair together.
Cause of delight; Great accumulation obtained. One’s will is bold enough to fulfill great aims.
5. Fifth Six Be steadfast and upright. Even sick, Still persist. Won’t die. Be steadfast and upright, even sick, Resting upon a solid line. Still persistent; won’t die. The central way averts death.
6. Top Six Dark delight. Make a change: No fault.
Dark delight reaches the top. How could it last long?
The name of this gua is Delight, but the Yao Text is not so delightful. The aim of this gua is to expound the principle of harmony and delight. When one has accomplished great achievements and still remains humble, people will be delighted to gather around. However, this gua does not describe a situation of harmony and delight, but gives warning against self-satisfaction. It is too easy for one to indulge in one’s own pleasure and forget the delight of other people. To the Duke of Zhou, delight was not for one’s own sake but for all. The key is humility and sincerity; these two qualities bring harmony. This is the true meaning of Delight.
The image of this gua is Thunder above, Earth below. Thunder is the sound of yang energy. Thus, Confucius says, “The ancient king composed music to honor virtue and merit; with ardent eagerness, he offered it to God.” When thunder bursts above the Earth, myriad beings are nourished by its yang energy and become delighted and alive. It is a time of enthusiasm and delight. An enthusiastic and delighted mood is helpful to one’s success, but overenthusiasm and too much delight cause self-satisfaction. And self-satisfaction can lead to misfortune. For this reason, all the lines in this gua portend misfortune, except the second line.
Acknowledgments Preface Ten Contributions of This Translation About the Translation How to Use This Book Introduction Flying with the I Ching The Upper Canon 1. Qian * Initiating 2. Kun * Responding 3. Zhun * Beginning 4. Meng * Childhood 5. Xu * Needing 6. Song * Contention 7. Shi * Multitude 8. Bi * Union 9. Xiao Xu * Little Accumulation 10. Lu * Fulfillment 11. Tai * Advance 12. Pi * Hindrance 13. Tong Ren * Seeking Harmony 14. Da You * Great Harvest 15. Qian * Humbleness 16. Yu * Delight 17. Sui * Following 18. Gu * Remedying 19. Lin * Approaching 20. Guan * Watching 21. Shi He * Eradicating 22. Bi * Adorning 23. Bo * Falling Away 24. Fu * Turning Back 25. Wu Wang * Without Falsehood 26. Da Xu * Great Accumulation 27. Yi * Nourishing 28. Da Guo * Great Exceeding 29. Kan * Darkness 30. Li * Brightness The Lower Canon 31. Xian * Mutual Influence 32. Heng * Long Lasting 33. Dun * Retreat 34. Da Zhuang * Great Strength 35. Jing * Proceeding Forward 36. Ming Yi * Brilliance Injured 37. Jia Ren * Household 38. Kui * Diversity 39. Jian * Hardship 40. Jie * Relief 41. Sun * Decreasing 42. Yi * Increasing 43. Guai * Eliminating 44. Gou * Encountering 45. Cui * Bringing Together 46. Sheng * Growing Upward 47. Kun * Exhausting 48. Jing * Replenishing 49. Ge * Abolishing the Old 50. Ding * Establishing the New 51. Zhen * Taking Action 52. Gen * Keeping Still 53. Jian * Developing Gradually 54. Gui Mei * Marrying Maiden 55. Feng * Abundance 56. Lu * Traveling 57. Zun * Proceeding Humbly 58 Dui * Joyful 59. Huan * Dispersing 60. Jie * Restricting 61. Zhong Fu * Innermost Sincerity 62. Ziao Guo * Little Exceeding 63. Ji Ji * Already Fulfilled 64. Wei Ji * Not Yet Fulfilled A Brief History of the Zhou Dynasty Glossary Index
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