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Hexagram 12 Standstill [Stagnation]
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Expression In Pi there is the want of good understanding between the (different classes of) men, and its indication is unfavourable to the firm and correct course of the superior man. We see in it the great gone and the little come.
Judgement Standstill. Evil people do not further the perseverance of the superior man. The great departs; the small approaches.
Image Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of Standstill. Thus the superior man falls back upon his inner worth in order to escape the difficulties. He does not permit himself to be honored with revenue.
  Expression: The standstill comes to an end. First standstill, then good fortune.
Image: 'The distress and obstruction having reached its end, it is overthrown and removed:'--how could it be prolonged?
  Expression: Standstill is giving way. Good fortune for the great man. What if it should fail, what if it should fail? In this way he ties it to a cluster of mulberry shoots.
Image: The good fortune of the great man' arises from the correctness of his position.
  Expression: He who acts at the command of the highest remains without blame. Those of like mind partake of the blessing.
Image: 'He acts in accordance with the ordination (of Heaven), and commits no error:'--the purpose of his mind can be carried into effect.
      Expression: They bear shame.
Image: That 'his shame is folded in his breast' is owing to the inappropriateness of his position.
      Expression: They bear and endure; This means good fortune for inferior people. The standstill serves to help the great man to attain success.
Image: 'The great man, comporting himself as the distress and obstruction require, will have success:--'he does not allow himself to be disordered by the herd (of small men).
      Expression: When ribbon grass is pulled up, the sod comes with it. Each according to his kind. Perseverance brings good fortune and success.
Image: 'The good fortune through firm goodness, (suggested by) the pulling up of the grass,' arises from the will (of the parties intended) being bent on (serving) the ruler.