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27. I / The Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment)

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--- --- above Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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--- --- below Chên The Arousing, Thunder
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The Judgement

The Corners of the Mouth.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment.
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with.

The Image

At the foot of the mountain, thunder:
The image of Providing Nourishment.
Thus the superior man is careful of his words
And temperate in eating and drinking.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
You let your magic tortoise go,
And look at me with the corners of your mouth drooping.
Misfortune.
Change in the second place means:
Turning to the summit for nourishment,
Deviating from the path
To seek nourishment from the hill.
Continuing to do this brings misfortune.
Change in the third place means:
Turning away from nourishment.
Perseverance brings misfortune.
Do not act thus for ten years.
Nothing serves to further.
Change in the fourth place means:
Turning to the summit
For provision of nourishment
Brings good fortune.
Spying about with sharp eyes
Like a tiger with insatiable craving.
No blame.
Change in the fifth place means:
Turning away from the path.
To remain persevering brings good fortune.
One should not cross the great water.
Change at the top means:
The source of nourishment.
Awareness of danger brings good fortune.
It furthers one to cross the great water.