hexagram 15, ch’ien / modesty

This hexagram suggests that a deepening of one’s modesty now is a sure means of improving the situation. There is no power so great as modesty for compelling the assistance of the Sage – nor one so hindering as immodesty. Those in high places who retain their modesty are loved by all and continually prosper; those below who cultivate modesty inevitably rise on the strength of their merits, without making enemies along the way.

But what does modesty mean? Certainly it entails a refusal to boast or act imperiously with others, even in small ways. But beyond this steadfast humility it also means that our effort to discern what is right and then do it is constant; we do not work against ourselves, and we do not indulge in doubts about the wisdom of correct conduct. This unwavering commitment to what is correct might be called “the modesty before the Sage”.

So there is in modesty a component of nonaction – that is, not indulging in arrogant, ego-centered behavior – as well as a component of active effort: looking for opportunities to correct ourselves, to assist justice where there is injustice, to feed where there is hunger, to give solace where there is pain.

Finally and most plainly, modesty means holding to innocence, sincerity, and openness in every situation. To do this is to empty ourself and make room for the blessings of the Creative to take root.

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 15, Ch’ien / Modesty

 

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Forget the body. 

Let go of sensations 

and obsessions and objects. 

Do not-doing to the point that thoughts 

cease to arise. Releasing mental constructs 

and emotional entanglements, you’ll 

begin to flow as a sage. Then let 

go of that notion on 

top of everything 

else.

 

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Tear

aside veils

of all you see

in this world, and

you will find yourself

apart in solitude with God.

If you draw aside the veils of

the stars and the spheres, you will

see that all is one with the Essence of

your own pure soul. If you will but tear

aside the veil, you will see nonexistence, and

you will see forthwith the true meaning of God’s

purpose. When you have cast aside the veil, you will

see the Essence, and all things will be shown forth

within the Essence. If you draw aside the veil

from the Face of the Beloved, all that is

hidden will be made manifest, and

you will become one with God,

for then will you be the

very Essence of the

Divine.

 

Attar

 

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina I ka Pono


 

Beyond

our occupation,

each of us has a vocation,

a calling toward sacred service.

This calling may be understood as our

life’s purpose, our personal contribution to

the transformation of the world. Spiritual chivalry

is the cultivation of our capacity to answer the call.

It is to swear oneself body, heart, and soul to the

ideals of truth, justice, peace, and beauty,

and thus sworn, to go forth

into the battle

of life.

 

 
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

 

flow like water through difficult situations


 
The image of the hexagram K’an is that of water: water falling from the heavens, water coursing over the earth in streams, water collecting itself in pure and silent pools. This image is meant to teach us how to conduct ourselves in trying situations. If we flow through them, staying true to what is pure and innocent in ourselves, we escape danger and reach a place of quiet refuge and good fortune beyond.

K’an often appears to warn of a troubling time either drawing near or already at hand, and to counsel you not to fall into longing for an immediate and effortless solution to the trouble. When you become “emotionally ambitious” – when you cling to comfort and desire to be free of the currents of change in life – you block the Creative from resolving difficulties in your favor. What is necessary now is to accept the situation, to flow with it like water, to remain innocent and pure and sincere while the Higher Power works out a solution.

It is not that you should not act now; it is that you should not act out of frustration, anxiety, despair, or a desire to escape the situation. Instead, still yourself and look for the lesson hidden inside the difficulty. Correct your attitude until it is open, detached, and unstructured. Abandon your goals and stay on the path, where you proceed step by step, arm in arm, with the Sage.

Those whose hearts and minds are kept pure and innocent relate properly to all events, understand their cosmic meaning, and flow through them with the strength, clarity, and brilliance of pure water.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 29, K’an / The Abysmal (Water)

 

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Want

to study with

an enlightened teacher? 

Just stop giving rise to thoughts

and divisions and distinctions. When

self and other, good and bad, right

and wrong are replaced with

emptiness, you are your

own master.

 

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one with the mother

 

In

governing people

and serving heaven, there

is nothing better than moderation. 

To be moderate is to follow Tao without straying. 

To follow Tao without straying is to become filled with

good energy. To be filled with good energy is to

overcome all things. To overcome all things

is to know that all things are possible. 

She who knows that all things are

possible is fit to govern

people. 

 

Because

she is one with the mother, 

her roots go deep, her foundation

stands firm, her life lasts

long, her vision

endures.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 59


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