6. Sung / Conflict
above Ch'ien The Creative, Heaven
below K'an The Abysmal, Water
Conflict. You are sincere
And are being obstructed.
A cautious halt halfway brings good fortune.
Going through to the end brings misfortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.
It does not further one to cross the great water.
Heaven and water go their opposite ways:
The image of Conflict.
Thus in all his transactions the superior man
Carefully considers the beginning.
Change at the beginning means:
If one does not perpetuate the affair,
There is little gossip.
In the end, good fortune comes.
Change in the second place means:
One cannot engage in conflict;
One returns home, gives way.
The people of his town,
Three hundred households,
Remain free of guilt.
Change in the third place means:
To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces perseverance.
Danger. In the end, good fortune comes.
If by chance you are in the service of a king,
Seek not works.
Change in the fourth place means:
One cannot engage in conflict.
One turns back and submits to fate,
Changes one's attitude,
And finds peace in perseverance.
Change in the fifth place means:
To contend before him
Brings good fortune.
Change at the top means:
Even if by chance a leather belt is bestowed on one,
By the end of morning
It will have been snatched away three times.