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Translations edited and adapted from selected I CHING Chapter
IMAGES, and translated by Richard Wilhelm and Cary F. Baynes (1983).
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(1) CHI'EN / THE CREATIVE
The movement of heaven
Is full of power — 
Thus the sages themselves
are strong and untiring.
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(2) K'UN / THE RECEPTIVE
The earth's condition
is receptive devotion
Thus the sages —
with breadth of character,
also carry the outer world.
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(3) CHUN / DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING
Clouds and Thunder: the image
of difficulty at the beginning —
thus the sages bring
order out of confusion.
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(6) SUNG / CONFLICT
Heaven and water
go their separate ways:
the image of CONFLICT —
thus in all their transactions
sages carefully consider
the beginning
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(8) PI / HOLDING TOGETHER / UNION
On the earth is water —
the image of holding together
thus our ancestors
bestowed the different fiefs
and cultivated friendly relations
with the those in power.
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(10) LU / TREADING / CONDUCT
Heaven above, the lake below:
the image of TREADING.
Thus the sages discriminate between high and low.
And thereby fortify the thinking of the people.
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(11) T'AI / PEACE
Heaven and Earth Unite
the image of PEACE.
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(14) TA YU / POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE
Fire in heaven above:
The image of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE.
Thus the sages curb loss and further good,
And thereby obey the benevolent will of heaven.
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(17) SUI / FOLLOWING
Thunder in the middle of the lake:
The image of FOLLOWING.
Thus the great sages at nightfall
Went indoors for rest and recooperation.
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(19) LIN / APPROACH
The earth above the lake:
The image of APPROACH.
Thus the sage is inexhaustible
In her willingness to teach,
And without limits in tolerance
And protection of the people.
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(20) KUAN / CONTEMPLATION
The wind blows over the earth.
The image of CONTEMPLATION.
Thus the sages of old visited the regions of the world,
Contemplated the people,
And gave them instruction.
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(25) WU WANG / INNOCENCE
Under heaven thunder rolls:
All things attain the natural state of innocence.
Thus the sages of old,
Rich in virtue, and in harmony with the time,
Fostered and nurished all beings.
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(30) LI / THE CLINGING FIRE
That which is bright rises twice:
The image of FIRE.
Thus the great sage, perpetuating this brightness,
Illumines the four quarters of the world.
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(32) HENG / DURATION
Thunder and Wind: the image of DURATION
Thus the great sage stands firm
And does not change their direction.
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(36) MING I / DARKENING OF THE LIGHT
The light has sunk into the earth:
The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT.
Thus the sages live with the great mass:
They veil their light but still shine.
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(40) HSIEH / DELIVERANCE (Fair Play)
Thunder and rain set in:
The image of DELIVERANCE.
Thus the sage pardons mistakes
and forgives misdeeds.
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(46) SHENG / PUSHING UPWARD
Within the earth, wood grows
The image of PUSHING UPWARD.
Thus the sage with devoted character
Heaps up small things
In order to achieve the high and great.
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(51) CHEN / THE AROUSING
Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK.
Thus in fear and trembling
The sages sets their lives in order
[shaping, exploring, examining].
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(55) CHIEN / DEVELOPMENT / GRADUAL PROGRESS
On the mountain a tree:
the image of DEVELOPMENT.
Thus the sages abide in dignity and virtue,
In order to improve the mores.
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(58) THE JOYOUS / LAKE
Lakes resting one on the other:
The image of the joyous.
Thus the great sages joined with friends
For discussion and practice.
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(61) CHUNG FU / INNER TRUTH
A crane calling in the shade.
Its young answers it.
I have a good goblet.
I will share it with you.
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