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39. Chien / Obstruction

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------- above K'an The Abysmal, Water
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--- --- below Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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The Judgement

Obstruction. The southwest furthers.
The northeast does not further.
It furthers one to see the great man.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

The Image

Water on the mountain:
The image of Obstruction.
Thus the superior man turns his attention to himself
And molds his character.

The Lines

Change at the beginning means:
Going leads to obstructions,
Coming meets with praise.
Change in the second place means:
The king's servant is beset by obstruction upon obstruction,
But it is not his own fault.
Change in the third place means:
Going leads to obstructions;
Hence he comes back.
Change in the fourth place means:
Going leads to obstructions,
Coming leads to union.
Change in the fifth place means:
In the midst of the greatest obstructions,
Friends come.
Change at the top means:
Going leads to obstructions,
Coming leads to great good fortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.