52 - Keeping Still

Contemporary Interpretation

52 - Keeping Still

Disengage and...
continue disengaging.

Disengage and,
Following this
Ariadne thread
Into your own source of being,
Obeying a sudden intuition
And in a
Surprising move:

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Hexagram

yang yin yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

The Hexagram's Dynamic within the Matrix

The Changes: 52 - keeping still

The Changes in Detail

Lower Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

First Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Second Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Third Change: Zhen → Gen, the Mountain

Upper Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

Follow the Path of the Dao: A Western Approximation

The Interplay of Yin and Yang

Dem Weg des Dao folgen: Annäherung aus Westen

Changes and Impulses

Exemplary Experiences

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Classical Interpretation

Keeping still (52) signifies to pause.

The image

Mountains standing together: the image of keeping still. Thus with his thoughts the superior man does not go beyond his situation.

The judgement

Keeping his back still so that he no longer feels his body. He walks into his courtyard and does not perceive his people. No blame. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

References and Connotations