|Name: The Sun
||Ground: Sun, Li, Kên
Chin / Progress
Chin / Progress
Above LI THE CLINGING, FIRE
Below K'UN THE RECEPTIVE, EARTH
hexagram represents the sun rising over the earth. It is therefore the
symbol of rapid, easy progress, which at the same time means ever
widening expansion and clarity.
PROGRESS. The powerful prince
Is honored with horses in large numbers.
In a single day he is granted audience three times.
an example of progress, this pictures a time when a powerful feudal
lord rallies the other lords around the sovereign and pledges fealty
and peace. The sovereign rewards him richly and invites him to a closer
twofold idea is set forth here. The actual effect of the progress
emanates from a man who is in a dependent position and whom the others
regard as their equal and are therefore willing to follow. This leader
has enough clarity of vision not to abuse his great influence but to
use it rather for the benefit of his ruler. His ruler in turn is free
of all jealousy, showers presents on the great man, and invites him
continually to his court. An enlightened ruler and an obedient
servant–this is the condition on which great progress depends.
The sun rises over the earth:
The image of PROGRESS.
Thus the superior man himself
Brightens his bright virtue.
light of the sun rises over the earth is by nature clear. The higher
the sun rises, the more it emerges from the dark mists, spreading the
pristine purity of its rays over an ever widening area. The real nature
of man is likewise originally good, but it becomes clouded by contact
with earthly things and therefore needs purification before it can
shine forth in its native clarity.