I Ching 42 Hexagram yì (Augmenting)
I Ching 42 Hexagram yì (Augmenting)
Enrichment. Expansion. I earn.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 42 – The Increase
Carry out your projects with tenacity, excellent results but do not be clouded by success. Always stay with your feet on the ground.
I Ching – General Description
The idea of accretion is manifested by the fact that the strong lower line of the upper half-sign has dropped and is placed under the lower half-sign. The fundamental idea of the Book of Changes is also revealed in this conception. True domination must be serving. A sacrifice of the superior, which procures an increase in the inferior, is undoubtedly called growth, to thus refer to the spirit which alone is able to help the world.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The growth. It is propitious to undertake something. It is propitious to cross the great water.
From the sacrifice that is made from above to increase the lower, a mood of joy and gratitude arises in the people, extremely precious for the flowering of the community. When men are so fond of those who lead them it is possible to undertake something, and even difficult and dangerous enterprises will succeed. Therefore – in such times of ascent, the development of which is accompanied by success – it is appropriate to work and take advantage of the moment. This time is like the time in which heaven and earth celebrate their wedding and then shape and create living beings. The time of growth does not last and for this reason it must be exploited as long as it exists.
I Ching – Image
Wind and Thunder: The Image of Accretion. So the noble: when he sees a good he imitates it; If he has any faults he leaves them.
Observing how thunder and wind increase and reinforce each other, one learns the way to attain the growth and improvement of oneself. When one discovers something good in others, one must imitate it and thus assimilate every inner good. Seeing something evil in oneself, it is appropriate to strip it away. Thus we are freed from evil. This ethical shift is the most important personality enhancement.
I Ching – Series
If the decrease reaches its climax, it works of a certain increase. This is why the sign follows: Accretion.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Nine at the beginning means:
Go there quickly when business is over. It’s not a stain. But we need to consider how lawful it is to impair.
It is selfless and good who, after having carried out their tasks of immediate importance, puts their strength at the service of others and, without giving themselves airs or bragging, quickly goes to help where help is needed. But the man in a superior position, to whom help is given in this way, must ponder carefully what it is lawful for him to accept without essentially harming the helpful and friendly servant. Only where such delicacy exists can we devote ourselves to others without hesitation.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
Auspicious is perseverance. To undertake something is unfortunate. Without impairing oneself One is able to increase others.
A noble awareness of one’s own worth and constant seriousness, which do not in any way derogate from one’s dignity, is the necessary attitude if one wants to serve others. Whoever throws himself away by surrendering to the will of a superior, in fact, undermines his own position without however making himself useful to the other permanently. And this is bad. Without giving up on oneself to serve another, this is hardly the true service of lasting value.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
When three people go the same way they decrease by one person. When the traveler is alone, he finds his companion.
Where three are together, jealousy arises. Then one has to give up. A truly intimate union is possible only for two. But where someone is isolated he certainly finds a companion who completes him.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Six in the fourth place means:
Decreasing one’s defects One makes the other come promptly and have joy, No stain.
Often our faults prevent even willing people from approaching us. These defects are also reinforced and made uglier by the environment in which we find ourselves. If one is capable of overcoming oneself through condescension and eliminating them, the well-disposed friends are freed from an inner tension and are induced to approach us much more quickly, with joy for both sides.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Certainly someone increases it. Ten pairs of turtles cannot oppose this. Sublime health!
When someone is destined for luck by fate, it comes undeniably. All oracles, such as those obtained with turtle shells, must coincide in the propitious signs in his favor. He need not fear anything, as his fortune is decreed from above.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
If one is increased without impairing others This is not blemish. Perseverance brings health. It is propitious to undertake something. You get servants, But you no longer have any particular abode.
There are people who bestow prosperity on the whole world. Every increase in strength, every increase that is conferred on them, is resolved in favor of the whole of humanity, and therefore does not mean any impairment for others. By working with perseverance and diligence you are successful and you will find the helpers you need. But what is done is not a private advantage in any limited way, but it is open and accessible to anyone.