The Po Hexagram 23


I Ching - Stripping, Po.

Keyword: Disintegration.
Symbolic of the finality of death.

THE PO HEXAGRAM
Kên above K'un
Number 23


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King Wan's explanation of the Po Hexagram

Po denotes overthrowing or being overthrown. We see in the figure the weak lines threatening to change the last strong line into one of themselves.
That it will not be advantageous to make a movement in any direction whatever appears from the fact that the small men are now growing and increasing. The superior man acts according to the exigency of the time, and stops all forward movement, looking at the significance of the process of decrease and increase, of fullness and the decadence, as seen in the movements of the heavenly bodies.

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Po. Line translations by Dr. James Legge.
Hexagram

Po indicates that (in the state which it symbolises) it will not be advantageous to make a movement in any direction whatever.



The Lines

1. The first Yin line, divided, shows one overturning the couch by injuring its legs. (The injury will go on to) the destruction of (all) firm correctness, and there will be evil.

2. The second Yin line, divided, shows one overthrowing the couch by injuring its frame. (The injury will go on to) the destruction of (all) firm correctness, and there will be evil.

3. The third Yin line, divided, shows its subject among the overthrowers; but there will be no error.


4. The fourth Yin line, divided, shows its subject having overthrown the couch, and (going to injure) the skin (of him who lies on it). There will be evil.

5. The fifth Yin line, divided, shows (its subject leading on the others like) a string of fishes, and (obtaining for them) the favour that lights on the inmates of the palace. There will be advantage in every way.

6. The topmost Yang line, undivided, shows its subject (as) a great fruit which has not been eaten. The superior man finds (the people again) as a chariot carrying him. The small men (by their course) overthrow their own dwellings.

Po. Line translations by the Duke of Kau
Hexagram

The trigrams representing the earth, and above it that for a mountain which adheres to the earth, for Po. Superiors, in accordance with this seek to strengthen those below them, to secure the peace and stability of their own position.

The Lines

1. He overthrows the couch by injuring its legs: thus he commences his work of ruin with what is lowest in the superior man.


2. He destroys the couch by injuring its frame: the superior man has as yet no associates.



3. That there will be no error on the part of this one among the overthrowers arises from the difference between him and the others above and below.

4. He has overthrown the couch, and proceeds to injure the skin of him who lies on it: calamity is very near at hand.

5. He obtains for them the favor that lights on the inmates of the palace: in the end there will be no grudge against him.



6. The superior man finds himself in a carriage: he is carried along by the people. The small men by their course overthrow their own dwellings: they can never again be of use to them.


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