I Ching 13 Hexagram tóng rén (Concording People)
I Ching 13 Hexagram tóng rén (Concording People)
Cooperate. Friendship. Participation.
Brief interpretation of the hexagram 13 – The company between men
A solid bond in love accompanied by a satisfying working climate as teamwork is preferred. Health well.
I Ching – General Description
The image of the upper primordial sign, Kkienn, is the sky, that of the lower, Li, is the flame. The nature of fire is to burst into the sky. The second line is the one that brings together the five forts around itself due to its central nature. The sign is the antithesis of N ° 7, the Army. There is danger there inside, outside obedience, as the essence of the warlike army, which for its cohesion needs a strong among the very weak. Here there is clarity within, without strength, as the essence of the peaceful reunion of men, which needs one tender among many solids, to be consistent.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
Company of men in the open: successful. It is propitious to cross the great water. Auspicious is the perseverance of the noble.
True community among men must take place on the basis of cosmic participation. Not particular goals of the self, but goals of all humanity produce lasting community among men; therefore it is said: ″ Company among men in the open has succeeded ″. When such harmony reigns, difficult and dangerous tasks such as crossing the great water can also be accomplished. But to be able to carry out such a commonality there is a need for a persevering and enlightened leader who has clear and intelligible goals that excite, and who knows how to pursue them with energy. (The inner sign means clarity, the outer one strength).
I Ching – Image
The sky together with the fire: The image of the company between men. Thus the noble divides the lineages and distinguishes things.
The sky has the same direction of motion as the fire, although it is distinct from it. Just as the luminous bodies in the sky serve for the division and subdivision of time, so also in human society; and all things that truly belong must be organized organically. The company must not be a mixture of individuals or things – this would be a chaos not a company but, in order to lead to order, it must be an organically grouped multiplicity.
I Ching – Series
Things cannot always remain stagnant. For this he follows the sign: Friendship between men.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
Company of men at the door. No stains.
The beginning of a union between men must take place in front of the door. Everyone must be equally close to each other. There is still no particular aspiration. So no mistakes are made. The foundations of each union must be equally accessible to all participants. Secret conventions bring misfortune.
I Ching – Second line:
Six in the second place means:
Company among men within the lineage: shame.
Here there is the danger of forming a faction on the basis of personal and selfish interests. Such factions, which are exclusive and do not open the door to everyone, who must condemn a part of humanity to get the others to take sides together, arise from low motives and in the long run lead to shame.
I Ching – Third line:
Nine in the third place means: He
hides weapons in the fratta, He climbs the high hill opposite. For three years he does not rise.
Here the commonality has turned into mistrust. They distrust others, sneak up on them and try to spy on them from afar. You have to deal with a tough opponent, impossible to defeat in this way. The obstacles that block the way to community with others are shown. We ourselves have ulterior motives and we try to catch the other possibly by surprise. But this is precisely what makes us suspicious; we look for the same ulterior motives also in the adversary and we try to spy on him. As a result we are moving further and further away from true commonality. The longer it lasts, the more we become estranged from it.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
He climbs on its walls, he cannot attack. Health!
Here the reconciliation after the conflict is approaching. There are still, it is true, dividing walls on which one stands in front of the other. But the difficulties are too great. The need comes, and the need makes us return to our senses. You can’t fight, but health is based on this.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Nine in the fifth place means:
Companion men cry first and groan, But then they laugh. After great struggles they manage to meet.
Two men are divided on the outside but united in the heart. They are separated from their positions in life. Many obstacles and impediments arise between them which sadden them. But they do not allow themselves to be separated from any of them, on the contrary they remain faithful to one another. And although overcoming these obstacles costs them serious struggles, they will still end up winning, and then, when they meet again, their sadness will turn into joy. Kung Tse says: ″ Life guides the serious man through tangled and varied paths. Vigorous walking is often hindered, then the way returns straight. Sometimes a lively feeling can vent itself in eloquent verbs, at other times the grave weight of knowledge must close in silence. But where two mortals are united to my heart, they even break the bonds of bronze or iron. And where two in my heart fully understand each other They are sweet and strong as the scent of orchids and words “.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
Company among men outside the walls: no repentance.
Here true cordiality is lacking, truly one is already out of communion with others. But it is accessed anyway. The commonality does not include everyone, but only those who by chance live nearby. ″ Outside the walls ″ is the pasture at the gates of the city. The ultimate goal of the union of humanity is not yet achieved. But there is no need to reproach. You go with that company, without any particular purpose.