Monday, June 13, 2011

The commentary on hexagram one goes on to say, "The mode of the creative is not rest but continuous movement and development. Through this force, all things are gradually changed until they are completely changed in their manifestations." Here again, in a nutshell we have a commentary on the forces of involution and evolution, which never changes, and the movement is constant. It is the nature of the material world to breakdown gradually, and then be reabsorbed and reassembled into something new. We see this in human life as well, as nations rise and fall and are reabsorbed and rise again. It is natural law. But there is a method in this madness, because, in this manner all things eventually become exactly what they should be. This indicates a universal intelligence which some might call God, others might just call consciousness. It matters not what you call it, it just matters that you recognize its existence.

The commentary goes on to say, " this way each thing receives the nature appropriate to it, which from the divine viewpoint, is called its appointed destiny..." Therefore, destiny is never a negative thing, even though it appears to be at times to man., because the creative divine power appoints it strictly in accordance with a persons own behavior, indicating that our karma is of our own doing, and is not meant to harm us, but to save us, even if that karma appears painful. We receive a nature that is appropriate to us. Animals act like animals, plants act like plants, and humans act like humans. The "appointed destiny" is not a cruelty but puts each person, and each entity, in a position where they can further the ulitmate divine plan. As such we should not complain about our karma, but be thankful we have a place within the universal whole.

Therefore, it is encumbent upon each of us that we "ride the six dragons to the heavens." In other words, develop our character, which is the highest form of morality, not simply being good, which is only marginally rewarded in terms of inheriting karma. Each painful moment in life is meant to teach us, and to correct us, not to punish us.

When we develop our character, by "riding the six dragons," we come to the place eventually where it can be said, "He/she towers high above the multitude of beings, and all lands (aspects of our personality) are united in peace." When we are at peace we mitigate our karma, transform it into something much less painful, and we develop a connection with our divine source. Hexagram fifty one tells us that even in the midst of shock and terror we are able to maintain our composure. It also tells us that though there is terror all around us, we ourselves are not stricken. The Tao Teh Ching tells us that the spear will not enter us, the wild animals will have no place to gore us with their horns, for their will be no place for death to enter. In the Biblical Psalms it says, "A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at they right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee." This is all done by maintaining a complete inner peace through meditation. (hexagram fifty two)

The commentary goes on to say, "...who makes it possible for everything to attain its appropriate place, bringing about peace on earth (or in our own private domain) when he occupies an eminent ruling place (over our own disparate aspects of personality.)" As such comes about the saying, "It furthers one to see the great man." (Our own inner high self) In other words, we develop ourselves by observing (hexagram twenty) the sage, (or the highly developed man, or the I Ching, all interchangeable terms).

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