Thursday, April 16, 2015

From “The Study of China Hand Techniques” by Marinobu Itoman


These kanji are from a section of the I-Ching which reads, “The Yi is a book which should not be let slip from the mind. Its method (of teaching) is marked by the frequent changing (of its lines). They change and move without staying (in one place), flowing about into any one of the six places of the hexagram. They ascend and descend, ever inconstant. The strong and the weak lines change places, so that an invariable and compendious rule cannot be derived from them; - it must vary as their changes indicate. The goings forth and comings in (of the lines) are according to rule and measure. (People) learn from them in external and internal affairs to stand in awe. (The book), moreover, makes plain the nature of anxieties and calamities, and the causes of them. Though (its students) have neither master nor guardian, it is as if their parents drew near to them. Beginning with taking note of its explanations, we reason out the principles to which they point. We thus find out that it does supply a constant and standard rule. But if there be not the Proper men (to carry this out), the course cannot be pursued without them.” (English translation by James Legge) (http://ctext.org/book-of-changes/)
 
From “The Study of China Hand Techniques” by Marinobu Itoman
Translation & Commentaty by Mario McKenna
 

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