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I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

36. A compromise with evil is not possible.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
To end a conflict with evil-minded people, we are sometimes tempted to compromise what we know to be right.
Such compromising is an error, for evil must be completely eradicated if it is not to spring up again.
The best way to overcome evil is to hold completely to what is good.
To digress even slightly from the path of the superior person is to start on the path of the inferior person.
To continue on that path can only lead to unfortunate results.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

37. In the time of gathering together, make no arbitrary choice of your associates. There are secret forces at work, leading together those who belong together.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
An arbitrary choice is one that is made on the basis of personal preference, without regard to laws or principles.
In that time of gathering together, the secret forces that are leading together those who belong together may bring people who are not of your personal preference but who, nonetheless, will be of great benefit.
The saying therefore, counsels us in two ways:
1, that we should remain open-minded, and
2, that we need not have concerns about finding the right people.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

38. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by a leader.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
This in not to say that you should ignore a leader or good counsel form a qualified person, but that you should question whether a leaderís course is best or honorable for you.
And then make your own decision.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

39. Those things in our psychic body late manifest in our physical body.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
The mind is a creator, and what you hold there manifests itself in one way or another.
If you hold worrying and stress in your mind, they will manifest themselves in your body as tension and pain.
If you hold thankfulness and joy I you mind, they will manifest themselves in your body as radiant health and a shining countenance.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

40. Only a person who goes to meet his fate resolutely will be equipped to deal with it adequately.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
To meet fate resolutely means that you have the determination to overcome whatever fate may bring, that you will not succumb to folly or temptation, and that you will not be turned aside from your chosen course.
Only a strong or courageous person can stand up to his fate, overcoming all obstacles.
His fierce determination enables him to endure to the end.
This strength or courage shows itself in facing things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion.
It is then that a light develops out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.
By making this strong commitment you actually cause favorable event to occur that would otherwise not have occurred.
A person capable of this kind of commitment can reach any goal.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

41. Slander will be silenced if we do not gratify it with injured retorts.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
We can spend a lifetime tracking down and defending ourselves against the negative things people say.
It is better simply to go on with our own affairs.
With nothing to keep the talk alive, it dies for lack of attention.
The best defense against slander is to live the life of the superior person, letting our actions and conduct speak for us.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

42. On the road to success, as you near the attainment of your goal, beware of becoming intoxicated with your achievement.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
If you allow yourself to become overly excited about an approaching success, you may become careless or light-headed and fail to pay attention to crucial matters and thereby ruin you success.
It is precisely at the point of success that you must remain sober and cautious.
By maintaining the attitude and course of action that brought you to the point of success, you will surely and safely arrive at your goal.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

43. If you neglect your good qualities and virtues, you will cease to be of value to your friends and neighbors. Soon, no one will seek you out or bother about you.

- Wu Wieís comment:-
By nurturing your good qualities and virtues, you insure your inner worth will be inexhaustible, like a spring of sparkling, clear water and all will seek you out.
The more that is drawn from you, the more that ill remain and the greater will become your wealth.
Those who understand these words will find them more precious than diamonds and gold.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

I Ching Wisdom ~ The Book of Changes ~ excerpts ~

44. You can succeed in life, no matter your circumstances, provided you have determination and follow the path of the superior person.

-Wu Wieís comment:-
The opportunities to achieve success are endless, and even those who start with nothing can succeed, but even the finest opportunity in the wrong hands come to nothing.
All that is necessary to achieve success, great success, it to cultivate perseverance as an established trait of character and to follow the path of the superior person.
By accomplishing that you will speed to your success as an eagle in flight.
~ Richard Wilhelm translation rendered into English by Cary F. Bayness, Bollingen Series XIX

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