I Ching 62 Hexagram xiǎo guò (Small Exceeding)
I Ching 62 Hexagram xiǎo guò (Small Exceeding)
Attention to detail. Caution. Humility.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 62 – The Preponderance of the Small
It is appropriate to “fly low” at this time. Give importance to the little things and take care of them in detail.
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- General Description
While in the sign the Preponderanza del grande, N ° 28, the strong lines are preponderant, and precisely inside, enclosed between the two lines at the beginning and at the end; here the weak lines are predominantly, also on the outside, while the strong ones are on the inside. This is precisely where the exceptionality of the situation rests. When the strong lines are on the outside we have the signs I, the Power, and Ciung Fu, the intrinsic Truth, both of which do not designate states of exception. When the strong are in preponderance in the interior, they necessarily manage to assert themselves. This causes struggle and exceptional states on a grand scale. Here, on the other hand, it is the weak who must necessarily assume representation towards the outside. Being in a place of decisive importance, for which however one’s strengths are not by nature sufficient.
I Ching Hexagram- Comment on sentence
The preponderance of the little one. Successful. Auspicious is perseverance. Small things should be done, big things should not be done.
The bird carries the message in flight: It is not good to aspire upwards, It is good to stay low. Great health.
Extraordinary modesty and conscientiousness will certainly be rewarded with success; it is only important that they do not remain empty formulas and do not become creepy, but remain joined to true dignity in behavior, so that one does not throw themselves away. It is necessary to understand what the demands of the moment are in order to find the right compensation for the defects and ruins of time. However, great successes are not to be expected, given that the necessary strength to achieve them is lacking. Therefore the message of not aspiring to high things, but to stick to low is so important. That this message is carried by a bird is evident from the figure of the sign. Four strong and heavy lines on the inside, supported by only two weak lines on the outside (cf. N ° 28, Ta Ko), give the image of the main beam that weighs on. Here the slight lines of support are also outside and are a preponderant number; this gives the image of the bird in flight. But the bird must not become proud and always fly towards the sun, but must lower itself towards the earth where its nest is. With this it gives the message that the sign announces.
I Ching – Image
On the mountain is the thunder: The image of the preponderance of the little one. Thus the noble in behavior Puts the preponderance over the treat, In mournful events he places the preponderance over the mourning, In his expenses he places The preponderance over thrift.
The thunder on the mountain is different from that in the plane. In the mountains the thunder is much closer, while outside the mountains it is less audible than the thunder of a common storm. Thus the noble draws from this image the invitation to examine duty in all things more closely, and more directly than everyday men do, although as a consequence of this his behavior, seen from the outside. , it might appear petty. He tends to an exceptional accuracy in his actions, in mournful events the inner emotion presses him much more than the external formalism, and so he is also extraordinarily frugal and not pretentious in what he spends for himself. All this has the effect of making him appear exceptional in front of the men of the mass. But the characteristic of this exception is that it adheres to minutiae towards the outside.
I Ching – Series
When you have the trust of beings, you surely put it into practice. This is why the sign follows: the preponderance of the little one.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- First line:
Six at the beginning means:
The bird flying ends in misfortune.
The bird must first remain in the nest until it can fly. Wanting to fly earlier, he attracts misfortune. Extraordinary measures must be taken only when it is no longer possible to do otherwise. At first you have to adapt to habits for as long as possible, otherwise you exhaust yourself and your strength and still nothing is achieved.
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- Second line:
Six in the second place means:
She passes by the ancestor and then meets the ancestor. He does not catch up with his prince and then meets the official. No stains.
Two exceptional cases are reported here: In the temple of the ancestors, where the generations alternate, the grandson places himself on the same side as the grandfather; for this reason she has the most intimate relationship with him. Here is portrayed the wife of the nephew, who during the sacrifice passes by the ancestor and turns to the ava. This extraordinary behavior, however, is an expression of his modesty. Rather, she dares to appear before the ava, to whom she feels similar being a woman; therefore this deviation from the rule is not an error. Another image is that of the official, who at first tries hierarchically to obtain an audience with his prince. But if he does not find it, he does not seek to obtain anything by force, but finds the way in the conscientious execution of his duties, entering the number of officials. Even this extraordinary retention in exceptional times is not a mistake. (The rule is that every official is first received in audience by the prince, who intends to give him the job. Here the recruitment starts with the minister).
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- Third line:
Nine in the third place means:
If one does not proceed with extraordinary caution, someone will certainly come from behind and hit us. Misfortune.
Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to use extraordinary caution. But precisely in such situations there are straight and strong personalities, who, aware of their good reasons, despise to take precautions because they consider it petty. Indeed they proceed proud and indifferent on their way. But this self-confidence deceives them. There are dangers approaching from ambush positions that they cannot face. However, it is a danger to which one is not absolutely exposed, and which can also be avoided if one understands the current situation, which requires one to turn with extraordinary attention to small, insignificant things.
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
No stain. Without passing by, she meets him. Going there is dangerous. We must beware. Don’t act. Be enduringly persevering.
The hardness of character is mitigated by the softness of the position, so that no mistakes are made. You are in a situation where you have to hold back to the extreme. From oneself one does not have to undertake anything to find what one desires. And if you wanted to go there to achieve your goal by violence, you would end up in danger. Therefore, one must be careful and not act, indeed lastingly preserving inner perseverance.
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- Fifth line:
Six in the fifth place means:
Dense clouds, no rain from our western country. The prince rolls and hits the one in the cave.
Since we are dealing here with an elevated place, the image of the bird in flight has been transformed into that of clouds flying across the sky, but, however dense the clouds are, they fly in the sky and not. pour rain. Thus in extraordinary times there may very well be a born sovereign who would be called to bring order to the world; but he is unable to do anything and cannot give prosperity to the people, because he is alone and has no one to help him. In such times it is necessary to look for helpers with whom the work can be done. But these helpers must modestly look for them in the solitude in which they have withdrawn. The glory and the big name do not matter, but the true ability to work. Being so modest, one finds the right man and is able to do the extraordinary work, despite every difficulty.
Doubt arises when we have more than one line that changes: is there an easy way to find the correct line to read?
I Ching I Ching 62 Hexagram- Sixth line:
Six above means:
Without meeting him he passes by him. The flying bird abandons him. Woe! This means misfortune and damage.
If you shoot past the target you can’t hit it. If the bird does not want to return to the nest but to rise higher and higher, it finally falls prey to the hunter. Who in times of extraordinary events does not know how to stop at small things but is anxious to always go forward, attracts misfortune from the gods and men, because he distances himself from the order of nature.