I Ching 32 Hexagram héng (Persevering)
I Ching 32 Hexagram héng (Persevering)
Constance. Persistence. Stability. Maintain your own direction.
Short interpretation of Hexagram 32 – Duration
Love, strong and lasting union. Work properly sized to your skills and expectations. Excellent psychophysical form.
I Ching – General Description
The strong Cenn sign is above, the weak Sunn below. The sign is the opposite of the previous one: there the influence, here the union as a permanent state. The images are thunder and wind, which are also permanently connected phenomena. The lower sign hints at meekness within, the upper with movement outside. Transferred to social conditions, we have here the institution of marriage as a lasting union of genders. While, when the question is asked in marriage, the young man places himself under the girl, in the marriage, represented here by the cohabitation of the elder son with the eldest daughter, the man is a guide and motor towards the outside, the woman mild and obedient indoor.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
Successful. No stains. Auspicious is perseverance. It is propitious to have where to go.
Duration is a state whose motion is not consumed by impediments. It is not a state of rest, as a mere arrest and regression. On the contrary, duration is the motion closed in itself and therefore constantly renewing itself, which takes place by fixed laws, of a firmly closed totality, in which a new beginning follows at every end. The end is reached by the inward movement, the inspiration, the systole. concentration. This motion passes into a new beginning in which the motion is directed outwards, the exhalation, the diastole, the expansion. Thus the celestial bodies have their orbits in the sky and therefore can shine durably. The seasons have a fixed law of change and transformation and can therefore operate durably.And thus also the way of the man of vocation has a lasting meaning, and the world comes to fulfill its formation. From those things, in which every reality finds its duration, the nature of all beings in heaven and on earth can be recognized.
I Ching – Image
Thunder and Wind: The Image of Duration. Thus the noble stands steadfast and does not change his address.
The thunder rumbles and the wind blows. Both are extremely mobile things so that they appear to be the opposite of duration. But their appearing and disappearing, their coming and going follow enduring laws. And even the independence of the noble does not consist in remaining rigid and motionless. He always goes with time and changes with it. What is lasting is the stable direction, the intrinsic law of its nature which determines all its acts.
I Ching – Series
The path of the husband and wife must be long and continuous. This is why the sign follows: Duration. Durability means: durable for a long time.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means:
Wanting to last too soon persistently brings misfortune! Nothing that is propitious.
A lasting thing can only be created gradually with long work and careful reflection. ″ If you want to compress something you have to leave it before it dilates well ″, Lao Tse says in this sense. Those who immediately demand too much at once tumbles. And because he wants too much, in the end he can’t do anything.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
The situation is abnormal. Strength of character is greater than the material power available. One might, then, perhaps, be afraid of letting oneself be drawn into an enterprise that goes beyond one’s strength. But since it is the time of duration, it is possible to master the inner strength, so that any excess is avoided and any reason for repentance disappears.
I Ching – Third line:
Nine in the third place means: He
who does not endure his character suffers shame. Persistent shame.
If you let your mind be tormented by moods aroused by the external world out of fear and hope, you lose the inner consequentiality of the character. Such a lack of inner consequentiality constantly leads to painful experiences. These shames often come from somewhere that had not been thought of. In fact they are not so much effects of the external world as regular connections set in motion by one’s nature.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
There is no game in the field.
If during the hunt you want to shoot you have to start the right way. If you search for game in a place where there is none, you will wait as long as you want and you will not find any. Duration of research is not enough. What is not sought in the right way is not found.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
To give one’s character durability by perseverance; This is healthy for a woman, unfortunate for a man.
A woman must follow a man for all her life, the man must instead stick to what is his duty from time to time; if he wished to regulate himself durably according to the woman, that would be an error for him. Consequently, a woman does very well if she keeps traditional values by sticking to them. Man, on the other hand, must remain mobile and able to adapt, and must allow himself to be determined only by what his duty demands of him from time to time.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
Restlessness as a lasting state brings misfortune.
There are people who keep themselves in a rushed motion for a long time without coming to rest inwardly. Restlessness not only impedes all accuracy, it even becomes a danger when it reigns in a position of responsibility.